by Rob Brown, 2 yrs ago

Over the weekend, Roncalli High School centerfielder Nick Schnell was named the state’s Mr. Baseball by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. The award is given to the state’s top player, as voted on the by the coaches. Earlier in the spring, Schnell was named the Gatorade Indiana High School Baseball Player of the Year. He is the first Roncalli player to be named Mr. Baseball.

Schnell, a 6-3, 180-pound centerfielder, finished his Roncalli career with a .473 career batting average, 25 home runs and 109 RBIs. Over his 112-game, four-year varsity career, Schnell compiled career school records for batting average (.473), hits (155), home runs (25), RBIs (109), runs (151) and walks (101). In his senior season, Schnell hit .535 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs from the leadoff spot. He established new program single-season records for home runs (15), runs scored (52) and walks (41) while leading the Rebels to a 25-6 record and sectional and Marion County Tournament titles. As a sophomore, Schnell started in centerfield and hit .435 for the 2016 Class 4A State Champions.

Schnell was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (32nd overall selection) of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. He is currently playing for the Gulf Coast Rays, the Rays’ rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.

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