Baseball: Strawberry Crest’s Arjun Nimmala named Gatorade state player of the year

Strawberry Crest’s Arjun Nimmala, a Florida State signee who is projected to go in the first round of next month’s MLB Draft, was named the Gatorade state player of the year.

The senior shortstop, who led the Chargers to a 17-8 record this year, batted .479 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 30 runs scored. He spent this season racking up plenty of accolades, including a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason First Team All-American, an Under Armour All-American, a First Team All-Conference selection and the Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award.

Now, he adds another achievement to the list.

The lofty status is a big reason Nimmala is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2023 by Perfect Game USA.

But the Gatorade award is not just about what he did on the field.

Nimmala, who had a 3.69 grade point average, served as a tutor for younger students in his school’s International Baccalaureate program and volunteered delivering gifts to needy families during the holiday season, according to the press release by Gatorade. 

“Arjun Nimmala is one of the best high school baseball players I’ve ever seen,” Lennard coach Victor Martinez told Gatorade. “He’s the overall package. Very good hands and feet, and the arm (strength) to make every throw. He’s got plus power and makes a lot of hard contact.”