Seigler named AJC player of the year, joins area players on Georgia Dugout all-state team


It's not hyperbole to say this has probably been the greatest week of Anthony Seigler's life.

The recent Cartersville graduate started the week by getting drafted 23rd overall in the MLB draft. He's set to cap it by signing Saturday with the New York Yankees.

In between, he's picked up some honors. Earlier this week, he was included on the Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine all-state team. Friday, Seigler landed the all-classification baseball player of the year award from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Despite being deemed by the AJC to be the best player in the state, a state that saw plenty of great players in 2018, Seigler couldn't land the Georgia Dugout Preview 5A player of the year. Frankly, the only thing he could have done to win was have Cartersville emerge victorious in the state championship game.

Every player of the year (and coach of the year, for that matter) selected by Georgia Dugout Preview came from a state champion. In Class 4A, Jefferson left-hander Patrick Hickox earned the distinction over the likes of Seigler, Heritage's Cole Wilcox and North Oconee's Kumar Rocker — the last three of whom were all drafted this week.

Seigler, though, did land on the Class 4A all-state first team after hitting an eye-popping .421/.587/.935 for the season. He hit 13 home runs, including one off Hickox in his final at bat, to go with 52 runs scored and 34 RBIs.

Seigler's teammates Jake Gooch, a graduated senior, and Mason Barnett, a rising senior, joined him on the first team, while another rising junior, Gage Morris, earned second-team honors.

Gooch, who will be part of Georgia Tech's Class of 2019 class, slashed a cool .351/.443/.623 for the season. He kept up that consistency in the playoffs hitting .351 over 12 contests, despite battling an elbow injury. He also had 15 of his team-high 36 RBIs during those dozen postseason contests.

Barnett was at his best in Region 5-AAAA play. The Auburn commit raked to the tune of a .543/.622/.943 slash line that included seven doubles, two triples and one home run. For good measure, he also scored 16 runs and drove in 16, as well.

Over the course of 39 games, Barnett had the second-highest batting average and on-base percentage for Cartersville at .365 and .461, respectively. He totaled 32 runs scored and 31 RBIs.

Morris, who recently was named to Team Georgia for the Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Oklahoma, pitched phenomenal all season in a relief role for the Canes. He saw action in 28 of the team's 42 games, finishing with a 6-0 record and two saves with, ironically, an ERA and WHIP of 0.92.

He was even better in the postseason, appearing in nine of 12 games. He gave up exactly one earned run in 20 1/3 innings. Morris had a 2-0 mark and one save in those games. He had 20 strikeouts to four walks and held opponents to a .187 batting average.

In Class 3A, Adairsville seniors Kyler Pelfrey and Garrett Mishoe were chosen. Pelfrey earned a spot on the first team, and Mishoe landed honorable-mention recognition.

Pelfrey did well offensively, but it was his remarkable work on the mound that got him onto the all-state team. He put up a 9-1 record with one save, a 0.89 ERA, a 0.71 WHIP and exactly 100 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings.

For good measure, he hit .326 with a .441 on-base percentage and 17 RBIs. He led the Tigers in runs scored (37), triples (five) and steals (six). The senior even had more walks (19) than strikeouts (17).

Meanwhile, Mishoe used his power at the plate to garner an honorable mention spot. He was Adairsville's hottest hitter over the final few weeks of the season. He wound up pacing the Tigers in batting average (.367), slugging percentage (.589), OPS (1.020), doubles (12) and RBIs (24).