Sporting News compiled the best players age 25 and younger at each position in the National League and ended up with an impressive lineup.
The catcher on the list was none other than Miami's J.T. Realmuto, who was born in Del City and attended Carl Albert High School before being drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Realmuto has been the Marlins' starting catcher for a majority of the season after getting a brief taste of the majors in 2014. In 2015, the 24-year-old is batting .247 with three home runs and 18 RBIs.
Sporting News gave its the reasoning behind the selection of Realmuto, who won't even turn 25 until next March:
"Realmuto was rated as a top-100 prospect by most services heading into this season, and he's done a solid job as Miami's primary catcher. And he's showing improvement at the plate; after batting .213 in the season's first two months, Realmuto batted .316 in June, with a .342 on-base percentage."
MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week.
Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players.
“It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.”
Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT Class: Senior Position: Catcher The story: Zangari followed the footsteps of some great Carl Albert players, becoming the team leader during a state runner-up finish. He hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs, including a masterful state tournament that saw three homers. He had signed with Oklahoma State, but instead has chosen to begin his professional career with the Chicago White Sox.
BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer email@example.com | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015
From his early high school home runs to his final three at this season’s state tournament that captivated fans, Zangari’s home runs are already going further and further with each person and his bat flips are getting more epic with each tale.
HUNTER SOUTHERLAND, WESTMOORE
The story: The Oklahoma signee was a steady presence for Westmoore’s Class 6A state runner-up finish. He hit .379 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs. He was his best late in the season, hitting two homers in regionals and one in the state quarterfinals.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT
Position: First base
The story: Zangari put on a power display with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs while leading Carl Albert to a Class 5A state runner-up finish that was highlighted by three homers — two of which were grand slams — in the state tournament. The Oklahoma State signee was drafted in the sixth round