2012 Baseball's Best


(Photo by Dusty Compton)


Take a closer look at the top high school baseball players in West Alabama for the 2012 season. The annual all-star team is headlined by Bibb County's Jalen Goree. The shortstop/pitcher was selected in the sixth round of this year's MLB draft by the San Diego Padres and pulled in a multitude of awards this season.

Picks by Andrew Carroll, Photos by Dusty Compton



Player of the Year Jalen Goree, Bibb County, Sr., SS/P

Super All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association; Class 4A Player of the Year; first-team All-State shortstop; hit .459 with 60 runs scored, 56 hits in 40 games and 36 RBIs; had 10 doubles, seven home runs and two triples; stole 24 bases and walked 39 times; struck out seven times in 122 at-bats; 5-3 pitching record with a 1.67 ERA; struck out 58 batters in 54 1/3 innings and threw one shutout; drafted in the sixth round by the San Diego Padres



Jackson Terry, Holy Spirit, Sr., IF/P

First-team Class 1A All-State utility player; helped Holy Spirit win a fourth straight area championship; two-year captain and team MVP; hit .412 with 48 RBIs, 42 hits and 32 runs; had six doubles, five triples and five home runs; .508 on-base percentage; 10 steals and 20 walks; 6-5 pitching record with a 3.87 ERA; 69 strikeouts in 65 innings; threw two shutouts; plans to walk on at the University of Alabama



Jon Boyd, Tuscaloosa Academy, Sr., P/OF

AISA All-State honorable mention outfielder; led Tuscaloosa Academy to the Class AAA finals; hit .451 with 46 hits, 38 runs and 31 RBIs; had 13 doubles and one homer; 27 walks; three strikeouts in 102 at-bats; .593 on-base percentage; 7-5 pitching record with two saves and a 0.17 ERA; 72 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings; averaged 6.8 strikeouts per seven innings



Kyle Andrews, Tuscaloosa Academy, Jr., 3B/P

First-team AISA All-State third baseman; hit .331 with 40 hits, 35 RBIs, 31 runs, four doubles and two triples; had 12 steals and an on-base percentage of .421; 6-2 pitching record with a 3.14 ERA; struck out 46 batters in 59 innings; picked for the AISA Junior All-Star Game at Montgomery's Paterson Field



Brooks Burns, Northridge, Sr., 2B

Class 6A All-State honorable mention; hit .400 to help Northridge win the Area 9 title and host a first-round playoff series; had 46 hits, including 13 doubles, with 43 runs and 36 RBIs; drew 34 walks and stole 10 bases; struck out seven times in 115 at-bats; .537 on-base percentage



Daniel Jones, Northride, Sr., P

Right-hander set a school record with nine wins as Northridge won its first Class 6A area title; 9-3 record with one save and a 2.49 ERA; struck out 47 batters in 64 2/3 innings; averaged 5.1 strikeouts per seven innings; four complete games with one shutout; threw 18 innings in area play, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs; had 10 strikeouts and a 1.16 ERA in area games; holds six school records



Mason Rogers, Demopolis, Jr., C

Class 5A All-State honorable mention; hit .416 with 37 hits, 37 RBIs and 28 runs; had 11 doubles, four triples and two home runs; drew 20 walks; helped Demopolis reach the playoffs



Austin Grammer, American Christian Academy, Sr., 1B

Class 2A All-State honorable mention; helped ACA reach the semifinal round of the playoffs; .416 batting average with 42 hits, 37 runs and 25 RBIs; nine doubles and one triple; 14 steals; .496 on-base percentage



Trent Wilson, South Lamar, Sr., P/OF

First-team Class 1A All-State pitcher who helped the Stallions reach the semifinal round; had a 9-1 record with two saves and a 1.76 ERA; tied a school record for single-season wins; struck out 100 batters in 79 2/3 innings, averaging 8.8 strikeouts per seven innings; threw two shutouts and one no-hitter; hit .396 with 44 hits, 36 runs and 29 RBIs; had 11 doubles, seven triples and a homer; stole 14 bases; .470 on-base percentage