Calvert Hall's 16-year varsity coach Joe Binder (335-94, .781) said, "Without question, Andy is the best kid I've ever had."

Bair, a senior pitcher/first baseman, led the Cardinals to a school-record 29 wins (29-2) and a third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, the seventh in eight years.

Bair was 9-0 with a save, a 0.11 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 63 innings. He yielded only 19 hits and walked 24 to finish unbeaten in his high school career. In three varsity seasons, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound left-hander was 22-0 and won eight games as a freshman on the Cardinal JV.

The first Calvert Hall player to be named Player of the Year two years in a row, Bair has been invited back to the USA Junior National 17-18 team tryouts.

Overpowering and intimidating, Bair throws each of his three main pitches -- fastball, curve and change -- hard. At times, Bair is unhittable. Seven career no-hitters, including a perfect game (first for a Calvert Hall pitcher in 30 years) against McDonogh in 1994 attest to that.

While his pitching gets most of the attention, Bair was also outstanding with the bat and glove. Bair hit .427 (32-for-75) with six homers (10 last two years) and 26 RBIs, and did not commit an error at first base. He had only one error pitching and playing first in his final two seasons.

Bair, who was projected by Baseball America (which ranked him as the nation's 40th best high school prospect in preseason) and other publications to go in the first three to five rounds, surprisingly wasn't chosen until Round 60 by the Florida Marlins in the recent amateur draft.

Bair, who will play in Arkansas later this month for the National Amateur Baseball Federation All-Stars, is expected to play at the University of Miami and fulfill his baseball scholarship.

"Andy was a notch above everybody else I've had," said Binder.

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