Dietrich wins Sportsmanship Award; Main takes honor as top pitcher
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Power on the mound and at the plate
helped Michael Burgess, a left handed pitcher and outfielder from Tampa's
Hillsborough High School, earn the nation's top baseball honor, the 2006 Aflac
High School Player of the Year.
Burgess was presented with the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Award during
the Aflac All-American Awards Dinner tonight at the Town & Country Resort in
San Diego. On hand to make the presentation were the late Hall of Famer's
widow, Rachel Robinson, and Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson.
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.
Last season, Burgess batted .511 (45-for-88) with 12 home runs, 48 RBIs,
11 doubles and 24 stolen bases as a junior at Hillsborough. He led his high
school team to the state Class 5-A championship series, finishing as runners-
up after losing to Milton's Pace High 11-7. In the championship game against
Pace, Burgess crushed a home run that traveled an estimated at 465 feet at Ed
Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Bo Jackson, Cecil Fielder and Frank Thomas are
reportedly the only players to hit balls of that distance at the stadium.
Burgess 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:
* Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch HS -- Mystic, Conn.
* Justin Jackson, SS, T.C. Roberson HS -- Asheville, N.C.
* Michael Main, RHP/OF, DeLand HS -- Deltona, Fla.
* Greg Peavey, RHP, Hudson Bay HS -- Vancouver, Wash.
* Robert Stock, C/RHP, Agoura HS -- Westlake Village, Calif.
Also honored were Derek Dietrich and Michael Main. In a balloting of
coaches, players and staff, Dietrich, from St. Ignatius High School (Parma,
Ohio), took the Sportsmanship Award for his efforts this week. Baseball
America also named Deland (Fla.) High School's Michael Main its Pitching
Prospect of the Year.
The fourth annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will be
played on Saturday, August 12th 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. Reggie Jackson is the
honorary chairman of the 2006 game, which 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.
For more information about the Aflac All-American High School Baseball
Classic and to download pictures and bios of the players, log on to
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