COLUMBUS, Ga., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's best arms, the best
speed and the best bats are among the finalists nominated for the fourth
annual Aflac National High School Player of the Year Award, given to the
country's top prep baseball player. The Player of the Year recipient will be
presented with the Jackie Robinson Award, a trophy named in honor of the late
Hall of Famer. Sonya Pankey, Robinson's granddaughter, will present the award
at the Aflac All-American Awards Dinner held at the San Diego Hall of
Champions on Aug. 10, 2007 in San Diego. Also on hand for the ceremony will
be Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, honorary chairman for the 2007 Aflac
All-American Baseball Classic.
The Player of the Year nominees are:
Isaac Galloway, OF, Los Osos HS - Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.
Sonny Gray, RHP, Smyrna HS - Smyrna, Tenn.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, American Heritage HS - Cooper City, Fla.
Ethan Martin, 3B, Stephens County HS - Toccoa, Ga.
Harold Martinez, INF, Braddock HS - Miami, Fla.
Tim Melville, RHP, Holt HS - Wentzville, Mo.
The inaugural Jackie Robinson Award, presented in 2004, went to Aflac All-
American alumnus Justin Upton, a shortstop from Great Bridge HS (Chesapeake,
Va.). The Arizona Diamondbacks made Upton the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005
Major League Baseball June draft. In 2005, Cody Johnson, a first
baseman/outfielder from Mosley HS (Panama City, Fla.), won the award. Johnson
was taken No. 24 in the first round by the Atlanta Braves. Last year, Michael
Burgess, a pitcher/outfielder from Hillsborough HS (Tampa, Fla.), won the
award. Burgess was taken No. 49 in the first round (a supplemental first round
selection) by the Washington Nationals in this year's MLB June draft.
The Jackie Robinson award, named after the first player to break the Major
League Baseball color barrier, recognizes the nation's top rising senior who
demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and embodies the
values of being a student athlete.
The player of the year nominees were determined by official Aflac
All-American Baseball Classic selection partners Perfect Game and Baseball
The fifth annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will be
played Saturday, Aug. 11, at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium. The event
is the nation's elite high school baseball showcase featuring the top 38
rising senior players in an East vs. West match-up. The game will be
televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Proceeds
from the game will benefit the San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital and Health
To learn more about the Aflac National High School Player of the Year
nominees and the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, visit
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