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Minckler named NHIAA’s top player

MaxPreps recently selected the top high schoool player in each state entering the 2023 season. The selections were based on 2022 statistics, postseason honors as well as various prospect ranking services. All players listed are seniors. No players were selected from Montana and Wyoming, which do not field high school baseball teams.

Coleman MizellHartselle
6-3 | 210 | OF
An all-state player for the 6A state champions last year, Mizell batted .504 to set a school record.

Shane StephanDimond (Anchorage)
5-9 | 150 | SS

One of the top hitters in the state as a junior, Stephan batted .444 last year.

Roch CholowskyHamilton (Chandler)
6-2 | 185 | IF

Earned first team all-conference honors while playing for the Class 6A state champion Huskies. He batted .357 with 15 RBI, seven doubles and two home runs.

Ty WaidArkansas (Texarkana)
6-1 | 210 | C
Named the top offensive performer at the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association World Championships in October. Earned Class 5A all-state honors last year.

Roman MartinServite (Anaheim)
6-2 | 180 | SS
The Trinity League co-MVP batted .422 last year. Was also a MaxPreps Junior All-American.

Walker MartinEaton
6-2 | 185 | SS

One of the top athletes in the state, Martin played quarterback in football and was one of the state’s top hitters in baseball. As a junior he batted .566 with 55 RBI, nine home runs and 12 doubles.

Hiro WyattStaples (Westport)
6-1 | 185 | RHP

One of the top pitchers in the state with a 95 mph fastball, Wyatt can also power the ball out of the park after hitting three grand slams as a junior.

Tyler AugustDelaware Military Academy (Wilmington)
6-2 | 205 | RHP

The state co-player of the year last year by the state coaches association, August batted .510 with five home runs and 25 RBI. He’s also one of the state’s top pitchers.

Aidan MillerMitchell (New Port Richey)
6-2 | 210 | IF

A member of Team USA U-18 and the MVP of the Perfect Game All-American game, Miller batted .403 last year with 16 RBI and three home runs.

Drew BurressHouston County (Warner Robins)
5-10 | 190 | OF

Led the state with 73 RBI and made the all-state team by Georgia Dugout Preview. He batted .486 with 45 runs, 11 doubles and 17 home runs.

Spencer RegoSt. Louis (Honolulu)
6-0 | 175 | RHP

Named the state pitcher of the year by Scoring Live after striking out 43 in a state-high 49.2 innings pitched with a 1.70 ERA.

Robert OrloskiMiddleton
6-2 | 175 | RHP

One of the top hitters and pitchers in the state last year, Orloski batted .488 with 27 RBI. On the mound, Orloski was 9-1 with 91 strikeouts and a 0.84 ERA.

Dillon HeadHomewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor)
5-11 | 180 | OF
A speedster, Head could be one of the top defensive outfielders in the nation this year. He was an all-state pick by the state coaches association as a junior.

Max ClarkFranklin Community (Franklin)
6-1 | 190 | OF

Has already been named two-time state player of the year and is ranked by Perfect Game as one of the top players in the nation. He batted .47 with 41 runs, 32 RBI, eight doubles and nine home runs.

Carter WoollumsJohnston
6-0 | 170 | P

A first team all-state player by the Iowa Coaches Association, Woollums went 10-0 in leading the Dragons to a state championship. He also had 78 strikeouts and a 1.59 ERA.

Austin YoungBlue Valley West (Stilwell)
6-3 | 195 | P

The top pitcher on the defending Class 6A state champions, Young went 8-1 last year with 58 strikeouts in 52 innings. He was a first team all-state pick by the coaches association.

Thomas HowardFrederick Douglass (Lexington)
6-4 | 225 | RHP
The state’s top tight end, who led the Broncos to a 15-0 season, is also the state’s top baseball player. The Louisville commit for baseball posted a 5-3 record last year with 58 strikeouts and also batted .299.

Jake BrownSulphur
6-2 | 190 | LHP

Brown earned all-state honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, finishing the season with an 8-3 record.

Nicholas FrinkThornton Academy (Saco)
6-1 | 190 | C

Headed a Trojan team that went 24-1 last year and won a state championship. Frink batted .373 with 19 RBI and six doubles.

Chris HacopianChurchill (Potomac)
6-1 | 205 | SS

The Bulldogs reached the Class 4A semifinals behind the play of Hacopian, who batted .526 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI.

Thomas WhitePhillips Academy (Andover)
6-5 | 210 | P

Gatorade State Player of the Year went 6-1 with a 0.21 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.

Blake GrimmerSt. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake)
6-3 | 200 | SS

On a star-studded team that won the MaxPreps National Championship, Grimmer led the team with 49 RBI and 11 doubles. Also batted .343 with eight home runs.

Reagan ReederAnoka
6-5 | 215 | IF

One of two juniors to earn Class 4A all-state honors by the state coaches association, Reeder batted .424 with 29 RBI and five home runs.

Cooper PrattMagnolia Heights (Senatobia)
6-4 | 195 | SS

Earned all-state honors by the Clarion-Ledger last year after leading the Chiegs to a 33-5 record. Pratt is headed to Ole Miss next year, but is also projected to be an early MLB draft pick.

Adam HachmanTimberland (Wentzville)
6-5 | 210 | LHP

Won a gold medal with Team USA 18U at the World Championships and hits close to 100 mph on his fastball. He went 2-1 last year with a 0.52 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.

Camden KozealMillard South (Omaha)
5-10 | 180 | IF

The Lincoln Star Journal Super State player of the year as a junior, Kozeal batted .420 with 35 RBI, seven doubles and five home runs.

Easton SheltonBishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
6-5 | 225 | 1B
SLed the Gaels in home runs last year with 12 while batting .346 with 50 RBI and 11 doubles. He also earned all-state honors by Nevada Preps.

New Hampshire
Matthew MincklerPortsmouth
6-0 | 160 | SS

Also one of the leading scorers for the Portsmouth basketball team, Minckler was a Division I First Team All-State selection in baseball last year.

New Jersey
Steven EchavarriaMillburn
6-2 | 180 | RHP

One of the top pitchers in the state the past two seasons, Echavarria had 101 strikeouts over 92.1 innings during his sophomore and junior seasons. He also batted .366 last year.

New Mexico
Steven MilamCentennial (Las Cruces)
5-8 | 165 | SS

An all-state pick by the coaches association last year, Milam batted .494 with 44 RBI, 12 doubles, nine triples and four home runs.

New York
Sam StafuraWalter Panas (Cortlandt Manor)
6-0 | 190 | SS

An All-Section 1 selection as a junior, Stafura batted .273 with 17 RBI, four doubles and three home runs.

North Carolina
Walker JenkinsSouth Brunswick (Southport)
6-3 | 210 | RHP

A MaxPreps Junior All-America oick and the No. 1 rated player in the nation by Perfect Game, Jenkins batted .527 with 40 RBI, 13 doubles and 10 home runs.

North Dakota
Tyler HuechertRed River (Grand Forks)
6-0 | 180 | LHP

A three-sport standout, Huechert also played quarterback on the football team and plays basketball. The Minnesota commit has been ranked as the top infielder in North Dakota since his sophomore season. He batted .290 last year.

Colt EmersonJohn Glenn (New Concord)
6-1 | 200 | SS

Earned Division II all-state honors by the state coaches association after batting .459 with 12 doubles and five home runs.

Weston RouseFort Gibson
6-7 | 230 | LHP

Rouse led Fort Gibson to the 4A tournament with a 7-0 record that included a 0.46 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.

Noble MeyerJesuit (Portland)
6-5 | 195 | P

The Class 6A state pitcher of the year was 10-0 with 129 strikeouts and a 0.72 ERA in 58.1 innings pitched.

Kevin McGonigleMonsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast Catholic (Drexel Hill)
5-11 | 185 | IF

Named the All-Delco player of the year by the Daily Times, McGonigle batted .506 with 11 home runs.

Rhode Island
Alexander ClemmeyBishop Hendricken (Warwick)
6-6 | 205 | LHP

An all-state selection last year, Clemmey went 6-0 on the mound with 79 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.

South Carolina
Chase StrykerAshley Ridge (Summerville)
6-0 | 175 | RHP

One of the top returning pitchers after earning all-state honors by the state coaches association last year.

South Dakota
Jack RadelRoosevelt (Sioux Falls)
6-4 | 205 | RHP

One of two juniors on the all-state team last year, Radel has committed to pitch at Notre Dame next year.

Ethan McElvainNolensville
6-4 | 210 | P

A state player of the year finalist as a sophomore, McElvain went 5-2 as a junior with a 1.76 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

Blake MitchellSinton
6-1 | 200 | C

Led Sinton to the Class 5A state title while batting .465 with 49 runs, 17 doubles, five triples, 52 RBI and seven home runs.

Ryder RobinsonAmerican Fork
6-2 | 175 | SS

Made the Deseret News all-state team after leading the Caveman to the Class 6A championship game. He batted .436 with 55 runs, 27 RBI and six home runs.

Ben AleksonPeoples Academy (Morrisville)
6-3 | 175 | RHP

Led his team to the Division III state championship, earning Mountain Division MVP honors and striking out 17 in the championship game.

Bryson EldridgeJames Madison (Vienna)
6-7 | 220 | 1B

Named the MVP of the Word Baseball Confederation as a member of 18-under National Team USA, Eldridge excelled at the plate with three home runs in the tournament

Bjorn JohnsonLincoln (Seattle)
6-2 | 185 | LHP

An all-state pick by the coaches association, Johnson struck out 68 batters in 42 innings last year with a 0.89 ERA. He also batted .368 while playing first base.

West Virginia
Aaron JamisonMorgantown
6-0 | 195 | OF

Named the state player of the year by Prep Baseball Report, Jamison batted .396 with 44 RBI and 14 home runs as a junior.

Brayden OlsonSt. Croix Falls
6-0 | 165 | RHP

Olson was the Division III state player of the year and a member of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association first team after posting an 11-0 record with a 0.00 ERA.

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