Minor Picked All-Midstate Player of the Year

Friday, June 16, 2006
#12 Mikie Minor fires to the plate in the State Championship game against McKenzie. -- Photo by Bill Beasley

Mikie Minor is the 2006 All-Midstate Player of the Year for Baseball.

The Forrest phenom was chosen for the honor by the Tennessean staff of sports writers with input from area coaches for his remarkable senior season that ended with the Rockets finishing Runner-up in the State for Class A.

Minor signed with Vanderbilt to play his college baseball earlier in the season but he was recently drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 13th round. His draft by a Major League Team was no surprise but it now has the 6'4" lefty weighing his options.

"It's hard to pass up a Vanderbilt education," Minor said. "But, I want to start as a freshman."

Minor said he will wait and see what offers the Devil Rays bring to the table before he decides on going to Vandy or heading on up to the pros. If Minor decides to go pro, he will most likely be sent to the franchise's Rookie League team in Princeton, West Va. The Devil Rays also have Single-A teams in Hudson Valley, N.Y. and Battle Creek, Mich.

Minor's selection as Player of the Year is no surprise as well. His numbers this year were incredible not only on the mound but also at the plate. As a pitcher, Minor allowed only one earned run and struck out 188 batters. He struck out 540 batters in his career. Batters connected for hits only 22 times against Minor this season in 85 1/3 innings. He set a state record for strikeouts when he fanned 21 against Huntland and he tossed three postseason no-hitters to help lead the Rockets to their State Tournament run. He finished 13-1 losing only the State Championship game to McKenzie and finished his career on the mound as a Rocket 36-5.

"My dad put it in my head that I could be one of the best pitchers in the state," said Minor.

Looks like father really does know best.

At the plate, Minor batted .495 with a single-season Rocket record 17 homeruns. He smacked three in the State Tournament to tie with teammate Jeremy Lamb for the State Tournament record.

Tigerette Paij Lintz added to her list of accomplishments and honors when she was selected to the All-Midstate First Team by the Tennessean. Lintz, a University of Tennessee-Martin signee, was recently chosen to play on the Tennessee All-Star squad that will take on the Kentucky All-Stars on June 28 at WKU in Bowling Green. She was chosen as a Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All-Midstater as an All-Star player and scholar.

As a pitcher for the Tigerettes, Lintz led MCHS to four straight State Tournament appearances where they finished as State Champs, as Runners-up and a third place finish this past season. Her record on the mound was 25-7 with an amazing ERA of 0.77. She struck out 316 batters for an average of 1.6 strikeouts per inning and tossed 15 shutouts.

Rocket Peyton Pratt held down the shortstop spot for the Rockets this past season to help lead the Forrest team to the State with his glove and his bat. For the effort, Pratt was honored with selection to the All-Midstate Third Team by the Tennessean. During the Rockets' State Tournament run, Pratt batted 4-14 with two homeruns in the first game against Huntingdon. The feat tied him with teammate Mikie Minor and four others for a State Tournament record in Single-Game homeruns.