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Hobgood selected as USA Today's Player of the Year

Orioles first-round draft pick Matt Hobgood continues to receive accolades for his high school accomplishments.

After being selected as the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year earlier this month, the 18-year-old right-hander was honored by USA Today as the Player of the Year for the publication's 2009 All-USA baseball team earlier today.

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Hobgood, who is expected to sign with the Orioles this weekend, was 11-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings for Norco (Calif.) High School this spring.

The right-handed pitcher also proved to be solid at the plate, batting .475 with 21 home runs and 55 RBIs in his senior year.

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Hobgood possesses a mid-90s fastball and three other pitches he can command for strikes, which some analysts say could help him to be a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher in the future.

Orioles second-round selection Mychal Givens was named to the second team after hitting .374 with 31 RBIs for Plant (Fla.) High School this season. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound infielder is also an accomplished right-handed pitcher.

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