John Curtis’ Daniel Cabrera tops The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro baseball team _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- John Curtis' Daniel Cabrera

Outstanding Player

DANIEL CABRERA

John Curtis, Soph.

No matter where Daniel Cabrera was on the diamond, he seemed to make his mark on the game.

In the batter’s box.

On the mound.

In right field.

The John Curtis sophomore dominated in every phase of the game this season on his way to being Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s 2015 All-Metro baseball team.

Cabrera was a key part of John Curtis winning the Class 3A state championship, the Patriots’ first state championship since 2002.

He batted a team-best .566 with 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs while driving in 31. He scored 30 times.

He was almost impossible to strike out, fanning just four times in 112 plate appearances.

The LSU commit had a .694 on base percentage and a 1.013 slugging percentage. He also had 13 stolen bases.

His numbers on the mound were equally impressive. The left-hander went 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA, striking out 60 batters in 39 innings and walking just 12. Opponents batted .184 against him.

He saved some of his best performances for the postseason.

In the state quarterfinals, he threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over North Vermilion.

He hit .643 in the postseason, including a perfect 5-for-5 in the final two games.

In the semifinals, he threw a runner out at third from right field to complete an inning-ending double play.

“He’s tough as nails,” coach Johnny Curtis said about Cabrera after the championship game.

Being named The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year isn’t the first postseason honor for Cabrera.

He also was named Class 3A Player of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A all-state team.

Coach of the Year

JOHNNY CURTIS

John Curtis

2Curtis is Coach of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s 2015 All-Metro baseball team after leading the Patriots to the Class 3A state title. It was his second state title and the school’s first since 2002.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Curtis said after the title game victory. “It’s a group of guys who believed from the time they stepped off the field last year at this spot to right now. Perseverance and toughness and effort and a program is what embodies these guys. I can’t say enough about the grit they had.”

The Patriots finished the season 26-3 and ended on a 17-game winning streak on the way to becoming the first New Orleans team to win a state baseball title since Jesuit in 2011.

FIRST TEAM

PITCHERS

JACK BURT/Jesuit, Sr.

Catholic League Pitcher of the Year went 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA. The right-hander also struck out 64 in 42 innings for the district champion Blue Jays.

Shane Saizan/Chalmette, Sr.

Owls right-hander was District 8-5A Player of the Year, went 10-0 and threw four no-hitters for district champion Owls. Had a 1.21 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.

CATCHER

Chase Fourcade/Rummel, Jr.

Two-sport star (he’s also a quarterback) batted .398 with seven doubles, four triples, one home run and 24 RBIs. Also had a .565 slugging percentage.

INFIELDERS

Jimmy Prieur/East Jefferson, Sr.

Repeat All-Metro selection after batting .447 with six doubles and a triple. Committed just one error all season on the way to being named District 9-4A Player of the Year.

Malik Blaise/Chalmette, Sr.

Sure-handed Blaise batted .389 with 11 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 33 RBIs for the District 8-5A champ Owls.

Grant Schulz/Holy Cross, Jr.

Tigers second baseman hit a team-leading .430 with 31 RBIs. Also hit 12 doubles, one triple and was 6-for-6 on stolen bases. Had a .488 on-base percentage.

Brennan Breaud/Destrehan, Sr.

Wildcats’ slick-fielding shortstop was District 7-5A Player of the Year. Batted .410 with 19 RBIs to go with six doubles, one triple and a home run. Also stole 20 bases.

OUTFIELDERS

Tre Turner/Holy Cross, Jr.

Batted .407 with eight doubles, two triples and a home run. Also drove in 28 runs and was dangerous with his feet, stealing 29 bases on 32 attempts.

Josh Magee/Franklinton, Sr.

One of the state’s most dynamic players, he batted .529 for the Demons, who reached the 4A quarterfinals. Also had 29 RBIs, 10 doubles, six triples and a home run with 20 stolen bases.

BEN HESS/Jesuit, Sr.

No. 3 hitter for Blue Jays was District 9-5A Player of the Year after batting .438 with six doubles, three triples and 30 RBIs. Also had 15 stolen bases.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Tyree Thompson/Karr, Jr.

Most known for his pitching prowess, the repeat All-Metro pick put up monster numbers at the plate. Hit .600 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs. Had six games with three or more hits.

UTILITY

JACE NINI/Shaw, Sr.

Pitcher and shortstop batted .383 with seven doubles, five triples, two home runs and 26 RBIs. Had a deceptive 6-7 record with a 2.54 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.

Blair Frederick/Brother Martin, Jr.

Batted .327 with nine doubles, three triples and one home run to go with 20 RBIs. On the mound, he went 6-3 with 75 strikeouts in 57 innings with a 1.72 ERA for the 5A semifinalists.

Mason Vicknair/Riverside, So.

District 10-2A Player of the Year is a repeat All-Metro selection. Batted .403 with seven doubles, four home runs and 25 RBIs. Went 4-1 with 42 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

Austin Weber/St. Charles, Sr.

Pitcher and second baseman batted .408 with 28 RBIs and didn’t strike out in 33 games. Went 7-3 on the mound with a 2.91 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

SECOND TEAM

PITCHERS

Austin Perrin, Hahnville, So.

Raj Shah, St. Martin’s, Jr.

Jon Jones, Belle Chasse, Sr.

Maverick Latour, Northlake Christian, Sr.

CATCHER

D’ Andre Williams, Karr, Sr.

INFIELDERS

A.J. Huff, John Curtis, Sr.

Grant Mathews, Country Day, Sr.

Elgin Woodside, Thomas Jefferson, Sr.

Parker Morris, Northshore, Sr.

OUTFIELDERS

Ashanti Wheatley, Rummel, Sr.

Scott Crabtree, Jesuit, Sr.

Myles Washington, John Curtis, Sr.

DESIGNATED HITTER

J.D. Evans, Northshore, Sr.

UTILITY

Allen Dennis, Newman, Jr.

Morgan Angelo, Franklinton, Sr.