Liberty High School's Karson Milbrandt was named the Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year. He is the first Bluejay to win the award.
Milbrandt is now in the running for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award.
"The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior right-handed pitcher compiled a 7-1 record on the mound this past season with a 1.66 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 50.2 innings, leading the Blue Jays (29-9) to the Class 6, District 8 title game. Milbrandt also batted .400 with an OPS of 1.043, driving in 15 runs, scoring 18 and swiping five bases. He is the state’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2022 as rated by the Prep Baseball Report and a 2021 First Team All-State selection," Gatorade wrote about choosing the Jays standout.
The award also recognizes academic excellence and exemplary character. Milbrandt finished high school this year with a 3.93 GPA and spent free time volunteering at Harvesters.
“Karson Milbrandt is an amazing individual,” head coach Kirk Bragg said. “He is very humble and leads by example for his team and peers. As talented as he is, he brings a positive attitude every day and does an incredible job of blocking out the noise to continue to develop his game.”
Milbrandt intends to play baseball at Vanderbilt University in the fall.
He joins several other former Jays in winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award, including: Madison Dennis for softball, Shea Groom for soccer and Madison Duello for volleyball.