Meet the player of the year: Jamari Baylor
The skinny: The leadoff hitter for the area’s top team, Baylor hit .412 with nine doubles, 21 RBIs, and he stole 37 bases. He hit seven home runs, one of which helped Benedictine avoid elimination in the 13th inning of the state quarterfinals. He posted a .541 on-base percentage and a .788 slugging (1.329 OPS), and the Philadelphia Phillies took him in the third round of the major league draft.
Dream job for after his playing days: “Making prosthetics” for those without arms or legs.
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Meet the rest of the first team
The skinny: Eike had a breakthrough season, going 9-1 with a 0.87 ERA, striking out 103 batters and walking 11 in 52 innings pitched. He hit .411 with 10 doubles and three homers and added 15 RBIs, earning the title of Class 4, Region B player of the year. He has committed to Virginia Tech.
Dream job: “Physical therapist for a sports team.”
The skinny: A hard-throwing righty with a sharp slider, Green went 7-0 with a 0.92 ERA, striking out 58 and walking 18 in 53 innings pitched. He batted .288 with 14 RBIs. He pitched six innings in the VISAA Division I state title game, earning a win and leading the Cadets to their second title in three years. He’ll pitch for Coastal Carolina next year.
Dream job: “Philosopher.”
The skinny: A crafty lefty who can put movement on all his pitches, Eggleston went 6-3 with a 0.78 ERA, striking out 72 and walking 29 in 53⅔ innings pitched. Opposing batters hit .139 against him. Named to the all-Class 6, Region B team, Eggleston will pitch for Longwood next year.
Dream job: “Special ed teacher.”
The skinny: Furman was at the heart of Midlothian’s resurgence, going 10-2 with a 1.80 ERA, striking out 65 batters and walking 19. He also hit .421 with 18 RBIs, posting a .593 on-base percentage and .576 slugging (1.169 OPS). Named all-region in Class 4, Region B, Furman will play for Randolph-Macon next year.
Dream job: “Physical therapist.”
School: Thomas Dale
The skinny: Garrett batted .365 with four doubles, six homers and 25 RBIs and scored 17 runs this year, earning all-region honors in Class 6, Region B. He posted a .446 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage (1.160). He has committed to VMI.
Dream job: “Division I baseball coach.”
Position: First base
The skinny: A first baseman built like a tight end, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior hit .468 with six homers, 25 RBIs and 29 runs. He posted a .667 on-base percentage and .957 slugging (1.624 OPS). He was named all-region in Class 5, Region B, and he’ll play for Coastal Carolina next year.
Dream job: “Homeland Security or CIA agent.”
Position: Second base
The skinny: After spending his junior year at IMG Academy in Florida, Cook returned to Benedictine to become one of the area’s best hitters. He hit .438 with 31 RBIs, 41 runs and 42 stolen bases. His .610 on-base percentage and .904 slugging percentage (1.514 OPS) were among the best in the area. He led the Cadets with eight home runs, and he was named all-state by the VISAA. He’ll play for Tulane next year.
Dream job: “Theologian.”
School: Deep Run
Position: Third base
The skinny: Weisner hit .533 with 11 doubles and four triples, earning all-region honors in Class 5, Region B. He added 15 runs and 14 RBIs, posted an on-base percentage of .448 and slugged .604 (1.052 OPS). He will play at Furman next year.
Dream job: “Corporate finance/law.”
The skinny: A returning member of the All-Metro team, Jones hit .482 and stole 24 bases on 24 attempts. He posted a .620 on-base percentage and a .707 slugging percentage (1.327 OPS). He was voted to the all-Class 3, Region A team, and he will play for the University of Richmond next year.
Dream job: “Chief marketing officer/branding.”
The skinny: Warren hit .469 with 25 RBIs and 31 runs scored this year, posting a .539 on-base percentage and a .734 slugging (1.274 OPS). He was named all-region in Class 5, Region B in baseball, basketball and football this year. The quarterback on the football team, he was named All-Metro at punter, and he’s committed to Penn State as a tight end.
Dream job: “Working with children.”
The skinny: Kcraget raised his batting average more than 200 points this year, batting .469 with eight doubles, 20 RBIs and 21 runs. He posted a .521 on-base percentage and a .781 slugging percentage (1.302 OPS), earning all-region honors in Class 6, Region B. He’ll play for Louisburg next year.
Dream job: “Firefighter.”
School: Mills Godwin
The skinny: The Class 5, Region B player of the year, Safferwich led Godwin to the Class 5 state title game, batting .443 with seven doubles, three home runs, 26 RBIs and 26 runs. In the state semifinals, he hit a walk-off double, scoring two runs and sending Godwin to a 5-4 victory. He posted a .506 on-base percentage and slugged .700 (1.206 OPS). He has committed to James Madison.
Dream job: “Doctor.”
The skinny: Williams was named Prep League player of the year after posting a .486 batting average with five homers, 24 RBIs, 30 runs and 12 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .571, and he slugged .900 (1.471). On the mound, he went 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA. He’s a Division I recruit in football.
Dream job: “Sports analyst.”
The skinny: A shortstop and second baseman, Trice batted .433 with 10 doubles, seven homers, 14 stolen bases, 26 runs and 28 RBIs. He slugged .950 and posted a .507 on-base percentage (1.457 OPS). He has committed to Old Dominion.
Dream job: “Corporate finance/law.”
The All-Metro baseball second team
|P||Connelly Early||James River||Junior|
|P||Buck Forbes||Prince George||Senior|
|P||Spencer Rife||Mills Godwin||Senior|
|P||Patrick Routsis||St. Christopher's||Senior|
|3B||David Coppedge||Clover Hill||Junior|
|SS||Griff O'Ferrall||St. Christopher's||Sophomore|
|OF||Michael Dolberry||Prince George||Senior|
|OF||Scott Sweeney||Deep Run||Junior|
Previous All-Metro baseball players of the year
2017: Evan Justice, Collegiate
2016: Grey Lyttle, Hanover
2015: Nic Enright, Steward
2014: Derek Casey, Hanover
2013: Keith Searles, Hanover
2012: Nathan Kirby, James River
2011: Nick Christopher, Dinwiddie
2010: Mitchell Shifflett, Cosby
2009: Jake Mayers, Hanover
2008: Austin Stadler, James River
2007: Austin Stadler, James River
2006: Chris Duty, Monacan
2005: Justin Bristow, Godwin
2004: Justin Bristow, Godwin
2003: Jacob Cook, Lee-Davis
2002: Herman Dimmink, Clover Hill; Stephen Faris, J.R. Tucker
2001: Taylor Stewart, Freeman
2000: Marshall Hubbard, Patrick Henry
1999: Tommy Edelblut, Mills Godwin; Mike Mallory, Dinwiddie
1998: Matt Davis, Thomas Dale
1997: Kevin Elrod, Lee-Davis
1996: Andrew Slater, Collegiate
1995: Brad Simpson, Clover Hill
1994: Jake Anthony, Clover Hill
1993: Brad Chambers, Midlothian