Burnsville's Sam Carlson was named Mr. Baseball at a banquet on June 25. Star Tribune photo by Carlos Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Carlson led Burnsville in a number of pitching and offensive categories in the regular season, and the Blaze right-hander was honored for his performances by being named Mr. Baseball.
The Play Ball! Mr. Baseball Award is given to Minnesota's top senior player by the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Minute Men, and the winner is chosen from seven finalists named by a select list of college coaches and professional scouts.
Carlson paced Burnsville's pitching staff with four wins and one shutout in 28 innings on the mound. He gave up just two runs in five regular season games to finish with a 0.50 ERA and 36 strikeouts.
He also powered the Blaze at the plate, recording team highs with a .526 batting average, .643 on-base percentage and 1.032 slugging percentage in 12 regular season games. He led Burnsville in runs scored (14), hits (16), home runs (4), walks (11) and RBI (14).
In section play, Carlson registered a 0.64 ERA, allowing one run and striking out 15 while pitching 11 innings to help the Blaze advance to the Class 4A state tournament.
Carlson was also named the Star Tribune’s 2017 Metro Player of the Year and had committed to the University of Florida before being selected by the Seattle Mariners in the second round (55th overall) of the MLB draft.
The other Mr. Baseball finalists included Ryan Christopher (Jackson County Central); Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Marshall); Bubba Horton (Maple Grove); Max Meyer (Woodbury); Trent Palmer (Anoka); and Jimmy Ramsey (Minnetonka).