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.
Cowart 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: