The Florida Dairy Farmers released the final ballot for the 2012 Mr. Baseball and Coach of the Year awards Thursday. Six of the eight finalists for Coach of the Year won the state title in their respective classifications. A seventh finished as the Class 4A runnerup.
The eighth was Jesuit's Richie Warren, who led the Tigers to the Class 5A state semifinals.
Though the Tigers (28-2) fell to the eventual state champion, Plantation American Heritage, Jesuit was widely acknowledged as the No. 1 team in the nation for the majority of the season. Perfect Game, Baseball America and ESPNHS all had the Tigers ranked No. 1 in the county heading into the game with American Heritage, which Perfect Game had ranked No. 2. The Tigers only other loss on the year came March 17 against Miami Gulliver Prep, who was also nationally ranked by Perfect Game at the time.
Currently, Jesuit is ranked No. 3 by Perfect Game, No. 5 by ESPNHS, No. 9 by MaxPreps and No. 17 by Baseball America.
Jesuit P Lance McCullers is also a finalist for Mr. Baseball. The Florida signee has already been named the Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year for the state of Florida.
Here's the full ballot:
2012 Mr. Baseball
_____ Griffin Fuller, Senior, Spruce Creek, Pitcher, Class 8A Player of the Year
Fuller paced the Hawks to their first state championship, posting a 9-1 record and 1.14 ERA with 55 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 67 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .199 batting mark.
_____ Trent Monaghan, Senior, Davie Nova, Pitcher/Outfielder, Class 7A Player of the Year
Monaghan was 13-0 with 75 strikeouts in 72 innings, a 0.58 ERA and hit .443 with 20 RBI. He was a first-team All-County pick (Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel) and will attend the Air Force Academy.
_____ Addison Russell, Senior, Pace, Shortstop, Class 6A Player of the Year
Russell, a slick-fielding Auburn signee, hit .360 and led the state runner-up Patriots in home runs (9), RBI (33), runs (40), walks (30), doubles (9), slugging percentage (.815) and on-base percentage (.559).
_____ Lance McCullers, Senior, Tampa Jesuit, Pitcher, Class 5A Player of the Year
McCullers, a Florida signee, was 13-0 with a 0.18 ERA in leading the Tigers to the state semifinals. He recorded 140 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings with 30 walks and opponents batted just .106 against him.
_____ Josh Garcia, Senior, Bishop Verot, Shortstop, Class 4A Player of the Year
Garcia led the Vikings, the 2011 Class 3A state champs, to a state runner-up finish in 2012. He hit .526 with 16 RBI, 45 runs, a .615 on-base percentage, a .695 slugging percentage and played errorless ball in the field.
_____ Justin Landers, Senior, P. K. Yonge, Pitcher, Class 3A Player of the Year
Landers led the Blue Wave to their first regional final since 2002, posting a 12-1 record and an ERA of 0.90 with 90 strikeouts in 70 innings. He also hit .453 with 11 doubles and had 33 RBI.
_____ Carson Fulmer, Senior, All Saints Academy, Pitcher, Class 2A Player of the Year
Fulmer, a Vanderbilt signee, was 10-1 with an 0.23 ERA and had 169 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 84 1/3 innings. Opponents batted just .118 against him, and he hit .424 with 22 RBI and had a team-high 34 runs.
_____ Dustin Hersey, Junior, Union County, Pitcher/Infielder, Class 1A Player of the Year
Hersey helped the Tigers win their first state title, going 9-2 with 85 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings. He also batted .354 with 10 RBI, scored a team-high 36 runs and had an on-base percentage of .490.
2012 Baseball Coach of the Year
____ Johnny Goodrich, Spruce Creek, Class 8A Coach of the Year
Goodrich led the Hawks to a 27-5 record, the program’s first state title and a No. 10 final national ranking by ESPN. In 13 seasons as a head coach, Goodrich has compiled a 262-117 career record.
____ Craig Faulkner, Venice, Class 7A Coach of the Year
Faulkner guided the Indians to a 24-8 record and the 2012 state title, his second with the program. The Indians previously had captured the 2007 Class 5A state title under Faulkner.
____ Rich Bielski, Archbishop McCarthy, Class 6A Coach of the Year
Bielski led the Mavericks to a 27-4-1 record and the 2012 state title, the third in a row for his program. The Mavericks finished the season ranked No. 15 in the nation (ESPN).
____ Richie Warren, Tampa Jesuit, Class 5A Coach of the Year
Warren directed Jesuit to a 28-2 record, the state semifinals and a No. 5 final national ranking (ESPN). The Tigers were the state runners-up in Class 4A under Warren last year.
____ David Nelson, Bishop Verot, Class 4A Coach of the Year
In his first year, Nelson led the Vikings, the 2011 Class 3A state champs, to a 28-3 record and a state runner-up finish in this year’s 4A playoffs. They finished the season ranked No. 21 nationally (ESPN).
____ Mac Mackiewitz, Providence, Class 3A Coach of the Year
Mackiewitz led the Stallions to a 27-5 record and the 2012 state title, the program’s third overall and his second (2008). Providence won its last 20 games, outscoring opponents 48-8 in the postseason.
____ Bryan Maples, Deltona Trinity Christian Academy, Class 2A Coach of the Year
Maples guided the Eagles to a 17-13 record, their fifth consecutive Final 4 and third straight state title, downing Miami Westwood Christian, 1-0, in an exciting state championship matchup.
____ Brian Tomlinson, Union County, Class 1A Coach of the Year
Tomlinson led the Tigers to a 22-8 record, their first Final 4 since 1976 and captured the program’s first state championship with a 6-3 victory over Holmes County in the state final.