Brock Porter Named 2021-22 Gatorade National Baseball Player Of The Year

New York Mets Shortstop Francisco Lindor Surprises Winner with Honor

ORCHARD LAKE, Mich., June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Brock Porter of St. Mary’s Preparatory School in Orchard Lake, Mi. is the 2021-22 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year. Porter won the prestigious award for his accomplishments on and off the field, joining an impressive group of former Gatorade National Baseball Players of the Year who have combined for four MLB MVP awards, 42 All-Star appearances and 27 MLB first round draft picks.

New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor virtually surprised Porter with the news, while his family, coaches and teammates showed up with the trophy at school. Check out a video of the announcement here.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Porter as the nation’s best high school baseball player. The Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others to evaluate candidates, selected Porter from nearly half a million other student-athletes who play high school baseball nationwide.

Competition for the national award was fierce. Porter topped the list of state winners in baseball who collectively boast an incredible list of accomplishments, including 35 with signed National Letters of Intent to play at Division I colleges/universities, 27 who joined two or more charitable organizations and 18 with a GPA of 4.0 and above.

Brock Porter is such a deserving winner of the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year Award,” said Jim Callis, senior writer for MLB Pipeline. “He’s the best high school pitcher in the country, potentially the first pitcher to be selected in the 2022 Draft, and a driving force on one of the best high school teams in the nation. He’s 6-0 with a 0.167 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 42 innings, and he does damage at the plate with a .517 average, four home runs and a 1.528 OPS in 29 at-bats. He also stands out with his work in the classroom and by helping others.”

At the time of his selection, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher had led the Eaglets to a 42-0 record, a No. 1 national ranking by MaxPreps and the semifinals of the Division 1 state postseason tournament, scheduled for June 18. He compiled an 8-0 record on the mound through 42 games with a 0.271 ERA and 109 strikeouts against 23 walks in 51.2 innings. He also posted a WHIP of 0.619 and held opposing batters to a miniscule .056 average. In 35 at-bats this spring entering the state final four, he hit .486 with 17 RBI, four home runs and an OPS of 1.412. Ranked as the nation’s No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2022 by Baseball America and No. 7 by Perfect Game, Porter was a 2021 MLB Player Development Pipeline invitee. Michigan’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Porter was also the winning pitcher of the 2019 state title game, he fired a complete-game six-hitter in last year’s semifinals, surrendering one run and fanning 12 to help lead St. Mary’s to Collegiate Baseball News’ No. 1 national ranking in 2021.

A past student council president and vice president at St. Mary’s, Porter is an altar server at the Holy Spirit Church and is a student representative for his school with the Michigan High School Athletic Association Student Advisory Committee. He has also volunteered locally on behalf of St. Williams Church and the Miracle League, in addition to donating his time to the Pickens Baseball Academy as well as multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.

Porter has maintained a 4.24 weighted GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Clemson University this fall, but is projected as an early-round selection in July’s Major League Baseball draft.

“There are nearly six million student-athletes who participate in the 12 sports we award Gatorade Players of the Year,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O’Brien. “It’s a testament to Brock Porter’s hard work and incredible achievements on and off the field that have outshined the competition not just in his state, but the whole nation.”

Each year, a selection committee evaluates the nation’s top talent to choose one state winner from each of the 50 states as well as Washington D.C., in 12 different sports: football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls track & field. In all, 608 athletes are honored each year. From the pool of state winners, one national winner is selected in each of the 12 sports.

Gatorade has a long-standing history of serving athlete communities and understands how sports instill valuable lifelong skills on and off the field. Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators. Previous winners include a distinguished list of athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Jayson Tatum, Elena Delle Donne and many other sports icons.

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com or follow us on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY, Instagram at instagram.com/Gatorade and Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade.

PREVIOUS GATORADE NATIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

YEAR

NAME

HOMETOWN

STATUS

2020-21

Dylan Lesko

Buford, GA

Vanderbilt University

2019-20

Jared Kelley

Refugio, TX

Chicago White Sox organization

2018-19

Bobby Witt Jr.

Colleyville, TX

Kansas City Royals organization

2017-18

Ryan Weathers

Loretto, TN

San Diego Padres

2016-17

Mackenzie Gore

Whiteville, NC

San Diego Padres organization

2015-16

Kyle Muller

Dallas, TX

Atlanta Braves organization

2014-15

Luken Baker

Conroe, TX

St. Louis Cardinals organization

2013-14

Justus Sheffield

Tullahoma, TN

Seattle Mariners

2012-13

Clint Frazier

Loganville, GA

New York Yankees

2011-12

Lance McCullers Jr.

Tampa, FL

Houston Astros

2010-11

Dylan Bundy

Owasso, OK

Los Angeles Angels

2009-10

Kaleb Cowart

Adel, GA

New York Yankees organization

2008-09

Matt Hobgood

Norco, CA

Retired from Baltimore Orioles organization

2007-08

Kyle Skipworth

Riverside, CA

Retired from Cincinnati Reds organization

2006-07

Rick Porcello

West Orange, NJ

MLB Free Agent

2005-06

Clayton Kershaw

Dallas, TX

Los Angeles Dodgers

2004-05

Justin Upton

Chesapeake, VA

Los Angeles Angels

2003-04

Mark Rogers

Topsham, ME

Retired from Texas Rangers organization

2002-03

Chris Lubanski

Collegeville, PA

Retired from Kansas City Royals

2001-02

Zack Greinke

Apopka, FL

Houston Astros

2000-01

Casey Kotchman

Seminole, FL

Retired from Toronto Blue Jays organization

1999-00

Jason Stokes

Coppell, TX

Retired from Detroit Tigers organization

1998-99

B.J. Garbe

Moses Lake, WA

Retired from Florida Marlins organization

1997-98

Drew Henson

Brighton, MI

Retired from New York Yankees organization

1996-97

Darnell McDonald

Englewood, CO

Retired from Chicago Cubs organization

1995-96

Matt White

Waynesboro, PA

Retired from Los Angeles Dodgers organization

1994-95

Chad Hutchinson

San Diego, CA

Retired from St. Louis Cardinals organization

1993-94

Doug Million

Sarasota, FL

Deceased

1992-93

Alex Rodriguez

Miami, FL

Retired from New York Yankees

1991-92

A.J. Hinch

Midwest City, OK

Retired from Philadelphia Phillies organization

1990-91

Brian Barber

Orlando, FL

Retired from Cleveland Indians

1989-90

Todd Van Poppel

Arlington, TX

Retired from Cincinnati Reds

1988-89

Jeff Jackson

Chicago, IL

Retired from Pittsburgh Pirates organization

1987-88

Mark Lewis

Hamilton, OH

Retired from Cleveland Indians

1986-87

Willie Banks

Jersey City, NJ

Retired from Boston Red Sox

1985-86

Gary Sheffield

Tampa, FL

Retired from New York Mets

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