Amity’s Pat Winkel has been named the 2018 Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year. He is the second player from Amity High to be selected for the honor.
The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also academic achievement and exemplary character off the field.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior catcher had led the Spartans to a 15-5 regular-season record at the time of his selection. Winkel was batting .549 with six home runs, 20 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.098. He is the Southern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year, a Rawlings/Perfect Game Third Team All-American and a member of the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Connecticut First Team.
Winkel has volunteered locally for a soup kitchen, Milford Hospital and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He has a weighted 4.55 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall. He is expected to be drafted in the MLB draft next week.
The last player from Amity to receive the award was Jason Esposito in 2008.