Cook High FLAMETHROWER Kaleb Cowart (97 mph) named as Gatorade NATIONAL player of year

Cook P-3B Kaleb Cowart, who is projected to be selected in the first round of Monday’s major-league baseball draft, was named as Gatorade’s National Baseball Player of the Year on Thursday afternoon.

GATORADE NATIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2Cowart was surprised by the news on Thursday by Delino DeShields, who played 13 years in the majors. He currently manages in the minors for the Cincinnati Reds. Ironically, DeShields’ son by the same name, Woodward Academy CF Delino DeShields (not Jr. because of different middle names) is competing with Cowart to be the first Georgia high school player drafted. Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire is projected for the top 10 picks.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Cowart led Cook to the Class AA championship series, where it lost to Calhoun on Tuesday. Cowart finished his senior year with a 10-1 record and 1.05 ERA, while striking out 116 batters in 73 innings. He also batted ,654 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs. Cowart, who has signed a baseball scholarship with Florida State, said he hopes to be drafted as a position player rather than pitcher.

Note: According to major-league scouts, this projects to be one of the strongest classes for Georgia high school players in years. Here are some other top prospects for the the June 7 draft:

Blessed Trinity OF Jake Skole (Georgia Tech football OR MLB?)

Cook RHP Kaleb Cowart: Georgia’s No. 1 HS pitcher throws 97 mph, but has heart set on 3B

Woodward CF Delino DeShields (The first Georgia HS player to be drafted???)

Marietta CF Chevez Clarke (The five-tool player? Enough power?)

North Gwinnett 3B Chris Hawkins (Mr. Clutch with 32-game hitting streak to end year)

Wheeler OF Dale Carey (Another first-rounder from Cobb school?)

Collins Hill LHP James Buckelew (The next American Idol? Just gets people out)

10 comments Add your comment

South Ga Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Congratulations to a good kid and a good family. He was an honor graduate and Prom King!!!

olhornetguard

June 3rd, 2010
6:48 pm

Like I said yesterday, he will go early next week. Way to go Kaleb, Cook County is very proud of you and wish you the very best!! Go Hornets!!

jp dawg

June 3rd, 2010
8:40 pm

Braves are bound to draft at least two of these guys

Gary & Lisa Surrency

June 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

We are so proud of Kaleb! He is not just a great athelete, but a fine young man. Our seven year old grandson is one of his biggest fans and looks up to Kaleb as his role model! Go Kaleb!!!

Ga. Baseball

June 3rd, 2010
10:20 pm

Congratulations Kaleb! And also congratulations to Coach Owlsey! Kaleb, you are what a student athlete is all about.

Felix Millan

June 4th, 2010
7:54 am

Had the pleasure of seeing Chris Hawkins play in the State Playoffs. Wonderful lefthanded swing. JUdging from the three games I saw against Harrison, he knows how to play the game the right way, and enjoys doing so. That swing will take him far.

Trey & Andrea Rentz

June 4th, 2010
11:46 am

What a wonderful honor for Kaleb! & Cook Co is so proud! God has many good things
in store for this outstanding athlete. We support & Love ya Kaleb!

Robert

June 4th, 2010
11:29 pm

How in the world can this list of draft prospects not include the Smelter kid from Tattnall Square in Macon? He will go in one of the first few rounds.

Jefferson

June 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Congrads. Great year.

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