Gray and Warren Share Sportsmanship Award
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tim Melville, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound
right-handed pitcher from Holt High School (Wentzville. Mo.), earned high
school baseball's highest honor Friday night as he was selected the winner of
the 2007 Jackie Robinson Award, on the eve of the Aflac All-American High
School Baseball Classic, the premier high school all-star game in the country.
Melville was presented with the fourth annual award on Friday evening
during the Aflac All-American Awards Dinner at the San Diego Hall of
Champions. On hand to make the presentation was Sonya Penny, granddaughter of
Jackie Robinson, and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, the game's honorary
At the awards ceremony, Melville also won the Pitching Prospect of the
Year award. Last season, Melville, in 12 games (63 innings), had a 10-1
record, one save and a 0.89 ERA. His effort helped carry Holt to the finals of
Missouri's Class 4-A finals, the school's best finish, winning the semifinal
game on the mound. He also batted .443 (43-for-97) with 28 runs, 13 doubles,
two triples, a home run, 30 RBIs and three stolen bases with 17 walks and 10
strikeouts in 97 at-bats. He was selected as a first-team all-state for Class
4-A, as voted on by the state's coaches association.
The Aflac National High School Player of the Year recognizes the nation's
top high school player entering his senior year, who demonstrates outstanding
character, exhibits leadership, and embodies the values of being a student-
athlete in both his schoolwork and community affairs. The trophy, called the
Jackie Robinson Award, is named for the renowned Brooklyn Dodger, the first
player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and a leader in
social issues off the field.
Melville was chosen from among six nominees determined by official Aflac
All-American Baseball Classic selection partners Baseball America and Perfect
Game. The other player of the year nominees included:
-- 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.
In a balloting of coaches, players and staff, Sonny Gray (Smyrna HS) from
Smyrna, Tenn., and Brent Warren (Xavier HS) from Robins, Iowa, were named the
winners of this year's Sportsmanship Award. Gray, a 6-foot, 185-pound right-
handed pitcher, was recognized for his decision to come to San Diego for this
week's festivities despite not being able to play in the Classic because of
local eligibility rules. Warren, a 6-3, 175-pound outfielder, is competing in
San Diego, just eight months after open heart surgery that nearly ended his
The fifth annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will be
played on Saturday, August 11th 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 FSN at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Net proceeds from the game will
benefit San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center.
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