John Collins, sr., DH, Palmetto
To his credit: In his final season as a Tiger, Collins lived up to the name of his position. He batted .394, slugged .662 and had a robust .607 on-base percentage. Collins also drove in 26 runs, hit a pair of home runs and cracked 11 doubles.
Fast fact: A New York Yankees fan, Collins' favorite food is steak.
Up next: Collins is headed to State College of Florida.
Tyler Dietrich, soph., C,Out-of-Door Academy
To his credit: Dietrich followed up his sterling freshman campaign, which included a spot on the Class 1A all-state team, by having an even better one as a sophomore. A catcher, Dietrich batted a school-record .481 with 20 RBIs, 14 steals and 14 extra-base hits while throwing out 73 percent of runners trying to steal for the Class 3A-District 10 champions. Dietrich, who also saw time at shortstop, outfield and first base, didn't commit an error and has started every varsity game for the Thunder for the last three years.
Fast fact: Dietrich's favorite song is "Go Get It" by T.I.
Up next: There is more baseball in store this summer for Dietrich. He will play with a travel team out of Naples, Team Impact, and is headed to the Perfect Game National Junior showcase in Minneapolis later this month.
Ryan Dyson, sr., OF, Braden River
To his credit: A right fielder, Dyson was one of the biggest offensive forces for the Pirates. He paced the Pirates in hitting (.388), hits (26) and runs (13) while driving in 10 and posting a .488 on-base percentage and stealing four bases.
Fast fact: Dyson's favorite team is the Boston Red Sox, and his favorite movie is the comedy "Ted", set in Boston.
Up next: Dyson will continue his studies at the University of Florida in the fall.
Scott Kelly, sr., P, Manatee
To his credit: Though the lefty had a modest 5-4 record, Kelly's final season at Manatee was better than the ledger showed. Kelly had 1.55 ERA in 11 appearances spread over 54 1/3 innings while striking out 41, walking 11 and allowing 38 hits for a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 0.90. Of the 30 runs Kelly allowed, only 12 were earned.
Fast fact: Kelly's favorite food is lasagna, and his favorite pro sports team is the Tampa Bay Rays.
Up next: Kelly will stay nearby after signing with State College of Florida.
Desmond Lindsay, soph., 1B-3B, Out-of-Door Academy
To his credit: Another of the Thunder's powerful youngsters, Lindsay played the corner positions for ODA while tying a program record with nine home runs. Lindsay drove in 24 runs, batted .424, stole 14 bases and added four doubles in helping the Thunder win their second district title.
Up next: Lindsay will join Dietrich during June's Perfect Game National Junior Showcase.
Brooks Norton, sr., P, Braden River
To his credit: Norton was solid again for the Pirates despite a 4-6 record. An All-Area pick for the second straight year, the righty had a 1.97 ERA in 11 starts while tossing two shutouts with 52 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. Norton's last outing of the year was one of his best; he struck out eight and allowed four hits in a 3-0 win over Charlotte in the first round of the Class 7A-District 11 playoffs. The Pirates were shut out in three of Norton's six losses, including a 1-0 defeat against Sarasota on March 19.
Fast fact: Norton likes rooting for the Atlanta Braves, eating barbecue and the song "Ol' Red" by country star Blake Shelton.
Up next: Norton has signed with State College of Florida.
Jerad Paparella, jr., C, Bayshore
To his credit: A catcher, Paparella was named the Bruins' offensive player of the year and with good reason. He batted .452 with a home run and 38 RBIs while chipping in six triples and eight doubles for Bayshore.
Fast fact: Paparella's favorite food is salmon, and his favorite movie is "Shawshank Redemption."
Up next: Paparella will spend the summer playing travel ball with the 941 Outlaws Elite showcase team.
Cord Sandberg, sr., OF, Manatee
To his credit: A three-time Herald All-Area Offensive Player of the Year as a football player, Sandberg is now a three-time All-Area pick as a baseball player. The left-handed Sandberg batted .418 with nine RBIs, one home run, six doubles, two triples and seven steals. Sandberg also scored 22 runs for the Hurricanes.
Fast fact: MaxPreps recently ranked Sandberg as one of the country's top 10 high school outfielders entering June's amateur baseball draft, and MLB.com lists him 64th among the country's top 100 draft-eligible players from high school and college.
Up next: Sandberg has signed to play quarterback with Mississippi State, but may give pro baseball a try if his name is called early enough in the draft, which gets under way Thursday. If he does attend college, Sandberg said he will play football and baseball.
Daniel Schroeder, jr., 1B, Bayshore
To his credit: Schroeder was voted the Bruins' defensive player of the year, though he chipped in quite a bit with the bat. Schroeder was a tough out, hitting .397, and he drove in 31 runs to go along with four home runs and four triples.
Fast fact: Schroeder enjoys rooting for the Rays, and his favorite flick is "Iron Man 3."
Up next: Schroeder will join his Bayshore teammate, Jerad Paparella, and others on the 941 Outlaws Elite showcase team.
Tyler Souris, sr., SS, Manatee
To his credit: Souris hit .303 during his final season as a Hurricane. He had six doubles, drove in 15 runs, scored 14 runs and swiped five bases while moving from second base to shortstop after the graduation of Chase Sandberg. Souris also saw time on the mound, where he went 3-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 43 innings.
Fast fact: Souris roots for the Chicago Cubs, his favorite food is anything Chinese, and his favorite song is "Kryptonite" by the rock band 3 Doors Down.
Up next: Souris, along with teammates Scott Kelly and Danny Lee, signed to play baseball at State College of Florida.
Brett Vedder, sr., OF, Palmetto
To his credit: Vedder was a big piece in the heart of the Tigers' order. He slugged five home runs while driving in 21 runs and batting .409 with a robust .788 slugging percentage. But Vedder gave the guys behind him a chance to drive in runs, too, as he had a .548 on-base percentage and crossed home plate 25 times.
Fast fact: A Rays fan, Vedder's favorite movie is the baseball classic "The Sandlot," and his favorite food is chicken wings. And no, he is not all related to Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the rock band Pearl Jam.
Up next: Vedder will continue his education and career at State College of Florida.
Bayshore -- Derek Paparella, soph., IF; Juan Valdivia, jr., OF.
Braden River -- Myles Straw, sr., OF; Eric Schappacher, sr., OF.
Bradenton Christian -- Tyler Lake, soph., IF; Marshal Hayden, sr., P/IF/OF; Doug Pace, jr., OF.
Cardinal Mooney -- Patrick Heuler, sr., P.
Lakewood Ranch -- Cameron Pearcy, soph., IF; Garrett Schultz, jr., OF; Jack Dunn, frosh., IF.
Manatee -- Daniel Kerwin, sr., C; Danny Lee, sr., OF; Devin Pellien, sr., P.
Out-of-Door Academy -- Austin Hoppe., soph., OF/P; Jimmy Kuebler, soph., P.
Palmetto -- Garrett Wilson, C.
Saint Stephen's -- Sam O'Dell, frosh., IF/OF/P; Parker Shanahan, 8th, C; Jake Westberry, frosh., IF/OF; Nick Rodhouse, soph., 3B/C; Nick Runde, frosh., P.
-- Capsules compiled byJohn Lembo, Herald sports writer