Minckler named NHIAA’s top player
- Updated: February 12, 2023
Ty Waid, Arkansas (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.
Walker Martin, Eaton
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 Wyatt, Staples (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 August, Delaware 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 Miller, Mitchell (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 Burress, Houston 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.
Robert Orloski, Middleton
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 Head, Homewood-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 Clark, Franklin 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 Woollums, Johnston
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 Young, Blue 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 Howard, Frederick 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.
Blake Grimmer, St. 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.
Cooper Pratt, Magnolia 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 Hachman, Timberland (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.
Easton Shelton, Bishop 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.
Matthew Minckler, Portsmouth
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.
Steven Echavarria, Millburn
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.
Walker Jenkins, South 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.
Tyler Huechert, Red 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.
Kevin McGonigle, Monsignor 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.
Ryder Robinson, American 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 Alekson, Peoples 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 Eldridge, James 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 Johnson, Lincoln (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.
Brayden Olson, St. 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.