Three members of the University of Kentucky’s 2009 baseball recruiting class have earned the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year honors in their states.
Andy Burns, from Rocky Mountain High School, has earned Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year award. The senior infielder led the Lobos to a 23-4 record while winning their second consecutive class 5-A state championship. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Burns hit for a .481 batting average while scoring 45 runs and batting in 34. Burns also hit 10 home runs and walked a school record 34 times while compiling a .951 on-base percentage. Burns has signed his National Letter of Intent with the Kentucky.
“He's for been the best player in Colorado the last two years, no question about it. He's at the top of that pedestal, and sometimes that's a lot of pressure, but it's never hurt him. He's a real special player. I've been doing this for 14 years, won a couple state championships, had players drafted and had kids go Division I, but nobody has been that caliber player.” Rocky Mountain head coach Scott Bullock said, “He's the best I've ever been around.”
Alex Meyer, from Brownsburg High School, is the Gatorade Player of the Year in Indiana. Meyer is a 6-foot-7 220-pound right handed pitcher. He struck out 76 batters on his was to a 0.94 ERA and a 6-0 record. Meyer is also a threat at the plate, where he hit for a .405 batting average while batting in 22 and scoring 29 runs. He also hit 5 home runs. Meyer has also signed his National Letter of Intent with Kentucky.
“Alex is a great player with still a lot of potential,” said Greenwood head coach Scott Moore. ”He has become not only a leader on the field, but also off of it. He has worked extremely hard to earn the success that he is having. With his work ethic, he will continue to have success in any avenue that he pursues.”
Lexington Christian Academy’s Robbie Ross is the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky. Ross is a 5-foot-11, 192-pound left-handed pitcher. He played his way to a 5-2 record while earning a 1.51 ERA. Moss also struck out 75 in 51 innings of work. When not on the mound, Ross also saw time in the infield. He batted in 22 while hitting .473. He also 24 runs in 32 games.
“Robbie is a passionate competitor,” said Lexington Christian head coach Keith Galloway. “He loves the game, and he loves his teammates. On top of that, he's a legitimate five-tool player. If he hadn't been so effective as a pitcher, I think he'd have been even better offensively and he's pretty good there already.”
Ross has signed a National Letter of Intent with Kentucky. The three players make up a talented recruiting class for Kentucky. Some recruiting services are calling the class one of the best in the nation.