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Adley Rutschman
C, Oregon State
2019 Finalists
  • JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt
  • Alek Manoah, West Virginia
  • Noah Song, Navy
  • Andrew Vaughn, California
Season Stats
.411 17 58 .575 .751

Season Recap

Adley Rutschman, a 6-2, 216-pound catcher from Sherwood, Oregon batted .411/.575./.751 with 18 homers and 58 RBI over 57 games. He was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and the 2019 Golden Spikes Award winner. The switch-hitting catcher was made the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. More »


Brady Singer
RHP, Florida
2018 Finalists
  • Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
  • Kody Clemens, Texas
  • Casey Mize, Auburn
  • Bren Spillane, Illinois
Season Stats
88.0 10-1 2.25 92 18

Season Recap

Brady Singer, a 6-5, 220-pound right-handed pitcher from Eustis, Florida, was the 2018 SEC Pitcher of the Year. He also garnered 2018 consensus first team All-American honors and was the No. 18 player chosen in the recent Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals, the organization Dick Howser managed to the 1985 World Series crown. More »


Brendan McKay
1B/LHP, Louisville
2017 Finalists
  • J.B. Bukauskas, UNC
  • Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
  • Jake Thompson, Oregon State
Season Stats
.343 17 56 .464 .657

104.0 10-3 2.34 140 33

Season Recap

For the third straight season, Brendan McKay put up impressive numbers at the plate and on the mound for Louisville. McKay's 2017 campaign was, in many ways, his best yet, with the first baseman/left-handed pitcher ranking among the ACC's elite in numerous hitting and pitching categories. McKay batted .343 with a .464 on-base percentage and .657 slugging percentage, both of which were third-best in the conference. The southpaw was even better on the mound and finished within the top five among ACC hurlers in nearly every major pitching category. McKay's 10 wins and 140 strikeouts were the best in the conference. His strong play helped lead Louisville to its fourth-ever College World Series appearance. In addition, the Tampa Bay Rays selected McKay fourth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft. More »


Seth Beer
OF, Clemson
2016 Finalists
  • Will Craig, Wake Forest
  • Brendan McKay, Louisville
  • Eric Lauer, Kent State
  • Boomer White, Texas A&M
Season Stats
.369 18 70 .535 .700

Season Recap

Seth Beer finished the season among the top three players in nearly every ACC offensive category, and his 18 home runs led the conference in 2016. Beer batted .369 with a .535 on-base percentage and .700 slugging percentage, both of which rank second overall among NCAA Division I hitters. A first-team All American, Beer became the first-ever freshman to be named ACC Player of the Year. He also led Clemson to a 44-20 overall record and the school's first ACC tournament title since 2006. More »


Andrew Benintendi
OF, Arkansas
2015 Finalists
  • David Berg, UCLA
  • Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
  • Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
  • David Thompson, Miami
Season Stats
.376 20 57 .488 .717

Season Recap

Andrew Benintendi is among the top 15 in seven different NCAA Division I categories and enters the '15 NCAA World Series with a nation-co-leading 20 home runs, 57 RBI, a .376 batting average, .717 slugging percentage, a .488 on-base percentage, 162 total bases, and 24 stolen bases. He also recently led the Razorbacks to their eighth all-time trip to the NCAA World Series and fourth trek since 2004 under head coach Dave Van Horn after winning the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional over Missouri State. More »

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A.J. Reed
UTL, Kentucky
2014 Finalists
  • Michael Conforto, Oregon State
  • Aaron Nola, LSU
  • Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
  • Ben Wetzler, Oregon State
Season Stats
.336 23 73 .476 .735

Season Recap

A.J. Reed led the nation in home runs with 23, slugging percentage at .735 and OPS (batting average plus slugging percentage) at 1.211. Reed also had a 12-2 pitching record for coach Gary Henderson's Wildcats. Reed's Kentucky's first national baseball player of the year. The native of basketball-famous Terre Haute, Ind., batted .336 with 73s RBI and a .476 on-base percentage for the '14 Wildcats. He also started 16 games for Kentucky, had a 2.09 earned run average, gave up 98 hits in 112 innings of work, struck out 71 hitters, and walked only 29. He accounted for just under one-third (12) of the 37-25 Wildcats' total team victories. More »

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Kris Bryant
3B, San Diego
2013 Finalists
  • Mark Appel, Stanford
  • Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
  • Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt
  • Colin Moran, UNC
Season Stats
.329 31 62 .493 .820

Season Recap

Kris Bryant, the sterling junior third baseman, led NCAA Division I in home runs (31, 10 more than the individual runner-up), runs with 80, total bases with 187, and slugging percentage at .820 while helping USD roll to a 37-25 overall record and second place in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional behind College World Series-bound UCLA. The consensus All-American from Las Vegas paced the West Coast Congerence in virtually every power hitting category as well and was 2013 WCC Co-Player of the Year. Bryant was the second player chosen overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs on June 6. Bryant has been one of the most honored student-athletes in baseball in San Diego history and carries a cumulative 3.1 grade point average. Besides being Academic All-WCC, he is a previous NCBWA Freshman All-America in 2011 and All-WCC on the field from 2011-13 for Coach Rich Hill's Toreros. More »

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Mike Zunino
C, Florida
2012 Finalists
  • Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley
  • Raph Rhymes, LSU
Season Stats
.322 19 67 .394 .669

Season Recap

Mike Zunino, the consensus All-America and 2012 honoree from Cape Coral, Florida, started all 66 games for coach Kevin O'Sullivan's Gators, had a team-leading 28 doubles, 19 homers, 67 RBIs and 11 sacrifice flies, posted a .669 slugging percentage, had 164 total bases, fielded at a torrid .994 clip (three errors in 493 total chances), and led Florida into the 2012 CWS with a 47-18 overall record. On June 4, he became the highest draft choice in Gators' history as the No. 3 selection in the first round to the Seattle Mariners. More »

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Taylor Jungmann
RHP, Texas
2011 Finalists
  • Trevor Bauer, UCLA
  • Danny Hultzen, Virginia
Season Stats
141 13-3 1.60 126 36

Season Recap

Taylor Jungmann, who hails from Georgetown, Texas, near Austin, brought the Longhorns back to the 2011 NCAA World Series with a 13-3 mark, five complete games, three route-going shutouts (five combined), a 1.60 ERA, 36 walks issued, and 126 strikeouts. He was the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, helped UT to a 49-18 mark through Saturday's opener in the CWS, has 19 appearances with 18 starts, and allowed opponents a batting average of .165. The consensus All- America selection was selected No. 12 overall in the 2011 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Jungmann won the Howser Trophy over two other outstanding finalists: UCLA junior pitcher Trevor Bauer and Virginia junior utility performer (P-DH-1B) Danny Hultzen. More »

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Anthony Rendon
3B, Rice
2010 Finalists
  • Yasmani Grandal, Miami
  • Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi
Season Stats
.394 26 85 .530 .801

Season Recap

Anthony Rendon batted .402 in conference play and finished the season hitting .394 overall. He led Conference USA in home runs with 26 and had more homers than strikeouts (22) all season long. Rendon ranks among the nation's leaders in runs scored (83) and walks (65) while maintaining a .530 on-base percentage. He had 12 doubles and 85 RBIs, while posting an .801 slugging percentage. More »

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Stephen Strasburg
RHP, San Diego State
2009 Finalists
  • Dustin Ackley, UNC
  • Mike Leake, Arizona State
Season Stats
109 13-1 1.32 195 19

Season Recap

Stephen Strasburg was the national leader in strikeouts with 195 and No. 2 in NCAA Division I with a 1.32 ERA and hits allowed per nine innings with 5.37 to compliment a 13-1 overall record. The 2008 USA Baseball Player of the Year for all divisions, Strasburg was the first selection in the 2009 Major League Baseball free agent draft by the Washington Nationals in June. Strasburg totally dominated the Mountain West Conference in '09. In round-robin league play, he was 7-0 with 111 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in eight starts. Overall, he pitched 109 innings in 15 starts, had a pair of complete games, had a hand in four shutouts (two in personal complete games), gave up 65 hits, and walked just 19 hitters in 15 contests. Opponents batted just .172 against the Aztec standout. More »

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Buster Posey
C, Florida State
2008 Finalists
  • Gordon Beckham, Georgia
  • Aaron Crow, Missouri
  • Brett Wallace, Arizona State
Season Stats
.463 26 93 .566 .879

Season Recap

The fifth player chosen overall in the June 2008 Major League Baseball free agent draft by the San Francisco Giants, Buster Posey entered the College World Series with an NCAA-leading .463 batting average and Top 10 individual credentials in seven of the NCAA's Division I statistical categories. Through 66 games he topped the NCAA with 93 RBIs, 26 home runs (tied for first place), 119 hits, 89 runs, a .566 on-base percentage, and 220 total bases. He was one of the top defensive catchers in the country with just eight errors in 474 chances for a .983 fielding percentage. More »

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David Price
LHP, Vanderbilt
2007 Finalists
  • Kyle Russell, Texas
  • Joe Savery, Rice
  • Tony Thomas Jr., Florida State
Season Stats
3.54 13 32 34 55

Season Recap

David Price, a consensus All-America left-hander, led the Southeastern Conference in five different pitching categories and was dominant in almost every start for his 2007 squad. He led Vanderbilt to a school-record-season victories' total at 54-13 overall and is the Commodores' first men's athletics national player of the year in any sport. Price was chosen as the first player in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Vanderbilt's first-ever initial draft selection) and ended the year at 11-1 overall with 194 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings pitched. More »

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More Past Winners:

2006: Brad Lincoln, P, Houston 1996: Kris Benson, P, Clemson
2005: Alex Gordon, INF, Nebraska 1995: Todd Helton, 1B/P, Tennessee
2004: Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach St. 1994: Jason Varitek, C, Georgia Tech
2003: Rickie Weeks, SS, Southern 1993: Brooks Kieschnick, P, Texas
2002: Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson 1992: Brooks Kieschnick, P, Texas
2001: Mark Prior, P, USC 1991: Frank Rodriguez, P, Howard College
2000: Mark Teixeira, 1B, Georgia Tech 1990: Alex Fernandez, P, Miami-Dade South CC
1999: Jason Jennings, P, Baylor 1989: Scott Bryant, OF, Texas
1998: Eddy Furniss, 1B, LSU 1988: Robin Ventura, 3B, Oklahoma State
1997: J.D. Drew, OF, Florida State 1987: Mike Fiore, OF, Miami
National Collegiate Baseball Writers

Official voting body of the Dick Howser Trophy

Important Dates

May 16: Semifinalists announced

June 6: Finalists announced

June 15, 2019: Winner announced