All-Metro baseball Player of the Year: Kody Milton, Severna Park

For The Baltimore Sun

It would be hard for a player to have a much better year than Kody Milton did this season.

The junior third baseman hit .580 in 22 games to lead the second-ranked Falcons to the Class 4A state semifinal game, where they lost, 4-3, to Howard. He had two doubles in the setback and finished the year with 40 hits, including six home runs and 11 doubles, and an on-base percentage of .700.

One of the things that sets Milton apart is his work ethic, says his father and coach, Eric Milton.

"He is, by far, the hardest worker on our team," the elder Milton said. "He just lives and breathes baseball. It's nonstop. Some days I have to pull in the reins and make him focus on other things. He just loves the game that much."

At 6 feet 3, 190 pounds, Milton is an imposing presence, and his counting statistics would have been more impressive had he not walked so frequently.

"He's a quiet leader who leads by example," said his father, who played for Maryland and pitched 11 seasons in the major leagues. "He's way ahead of where I was as a junior. He doesn't say much, but he lets his play do the talking."

Following in the footsteps of his father, Milton has committed orally to play for the Terps after his graduation next year.

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