This season, Northwest Cabarrus shortstop Corey Seager seems to be everybody’s All-American.
ESPN and Gatorade named him the top player in the state. The Los Angeles Dodgers picked him 18th overall in the Major League draft and will likely make him a millionaire soon.
Today, Seager wins another award: the 2012 Charlotte Observer All-Observer player of the year. That signifies him as the top player in the newspaper’s 131-school coverage area in North and South Carolina.
The Observer annually selects all-star teams in select sports throughout the season. Players must be nominated to earn a spot on the team by their coaches. A panel of Observer sportswriters selects the teams.
This season, Seager, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior, hit .519 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. He led his team to a 23-5 record and a second-round appearance in the N.C. 3A playoffs. He stole 13 bases.
• The All-Observer coach of the year is Hough’s Jimmy Cochran, who led the second-year school through an amazing playoff run in which Hough won four one-run games and advanced to the N.C. 4A state championship series.
• Cochran doubles as the Observer’s coach of the year in Mecklenburg County. The Mecklenburg player of the year is Ardrey Kell pitcher Trent Thornton, a North Carolina signee who was 8-1 as a pitcher with a 1.05 ERA. He struck out 119 batters and allowed opponents to hit .158 against him.
• Seager doubles as the all-region player of the year. The All-Region coach of the year is Travis Poole, whose team didn’t win a conference title but outscored playoff opponents 56-12 and won a N.C. 3A state championship. It was Weddington’s first and only the fourth state title for a Union County team in 51 years.