Radek Birkholz of Valor Christian named Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year

Valor Christian's Radek Birkholz on Tuesday was named the Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year.

Radek Birkholz of Valor Christian named Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year

Valor Christian’s Radek Birkholz on Tuesday was named the Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year.

The senior pitcher and shortstop helped lead the Eagles into the Class 5A championship game after posting a 6-0 record on the mound, with a 0.79 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 10 walks in 35 2/3 innings of work. At the plate, he slashed .473/.540/.932 with seven home runs, 29 runs batted in and six stolen bases.

Birkholz is the first baseball from Valor Christian to win the award.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder carried a 4.14 grade-point average and signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Notre Dame in the fall.

Gatorade Colorado baseball players of the year

  • 1985-86 — Jaime McAndrew, P, Ponderosa
  • 1986-87 — Brian Wilkinson, P, Cherry Creek
  • 1987-88 — Tyler Green, P/3B, Thomas Jefferson
  • 1988-89 — John Burke, P, Cherry Creek
  • 1989-90 — Scott Broachail, P/OF/SS, Lamar
  • 1990-91 — John Fulford, CF, Douglas County
  • 1991-92 — David Spykstra, P/1B, Cherry Creek
  • 1992-93 — Matt Brunson, SS, Cherry Creek
  • 1993-94 — Scott Elarton, P, Lamar
  • 1994-95 — Roy Halladay, P, Arvada West
  • 1995-96 — Darnell McDonald, OF, Cherry Creek
  • 1996-97 — Darnell McDonald, OF, Cherry Creek*
  • 1997-98 — Ben Keiter, P, Arvada West
  • 1998-99 — Justin Maureau, LHP/1B, Highlands Ranch
  • 1999-2000 — David Aardsma, RHP, Cherry Creek
  • 2000-01 — Joey Andrews, RHP/OF, Cherry Creek
  • 2001-02 — Darren Coltrinari, RHP/1B, G.J. Central
  • 2002-03 — Mark Melancon, RHP/1B, Golden
  • 2003-04 — Drew Bowman, P/OF, Dakota Ridge
  • 2004-05 — Sean Ratliff, P/CF, Niwot
  • 2005-06 — Evan Anundsen, RHP/DH, Columbine
  • 2006-07 — Matt Presley, 3B, Cheyenne Mountain
  • 2007-08 — Andy Burns, IF, Rocky Mountain
  • 2008-09 — Bryan Peters, RHP/IF, Rocky Mountain
  • 2009-10 — Marco Gonzales, LHP/OF, Rocky Mountain
  • 2010-11 — Greg Bird, C, Grandview
  • 2011-12 — Ryan Warner, RHP/OF/1B, Pine Creek
  • 2012-13 — Griffin Jax, RHP/IF, Cherry Creek
  • 2013-14 — Max George, SS, Regis Jesuit
  • 2014-15 — Ryan Madden, RHP/3B, Fairview
  • 2015-16 — Paul Tillotson, RHP/OF, Lewis-Palmer
  • 2016-17 — Cole Winn, RHP/1B, Silver Creek
  • 2017-18 — Justin Olson, LHP/1B, Pine Creek
  • 2018-19 — Riley Cornelio, RHP/IF, Pine Creek
  • 2019-20 — Jack Moss, 1B/OF, Cherry Creek
  • 2020-21 — Radek Birkholz, RHP/SS, Valor Christian

* denotes Gatorade National baseball player of the year