By Jerry Del Priore
Delbarton Prep High School senior pitcher Jack Leiter can add another accolade to his already impressive resume. The Gatorade Company announced during the week that he has been named the Gatorade 2018-19 New Jersey High School Baseball Player of the Year.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic achievements but also high standards of academic excellence and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
Leiter has recorded a 6-0 mark while picking up a save and posted a 0.54 ERA through 22 games at the time of the honor.
At the dish, the six-foot, 190-pound Summit, New Jersey, resident had bashed a .364 batting average with four doubles, 13 RBI and a .523 slugging percentage.
Baseball America has ranked Leiter as the nation’s No. 18 prospect in the Class of 2019, and he was the winning pitcher as the USA Baseball Under-18 National Team captured the gold medal at the Pan-American Championships in Panama in December.
Additionally, Leiter was masterful in the Morris County Tournament, picking up the contest-clinching title victory in a complete game one-hit gem against West Morris Central High School earlier in the month.
“Jack has demonstrated that the bigger the stage, the bigger the performance,” Green Wave Head Coach Bruce Shatel said on Gatorade POY’s website. “He is composed and does all the little things extremely well. He has four pitches that are all plus-plus. He has an extra gear that makes him really tough to hit.”
In the classroom, Leiter has maintained an A average. He has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball on scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall but is projected as an early-round selection in June’s Major League Amateur Baseball draft.
The son of former Major League pitcher Al Leiter, Jack Leiter has volunteered locally with Meals on Wheels and with a Christmas season toy drive.
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