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First Pitcher of the Year Watch List released
Initial watch list of 2014 features 47 players from across the country

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- For a pitcher, there's not much better than zeros, and several of the 47 pitchers on the first watch list for the 2014 Pitcher of the Year Award feature that magic number in their statistical lines.

The Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented during the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

Two pitchers, Louisville's Nick Burdi and Samford's Andres Gracia, have 0.00 ERAs. Burdi, a junior right-hander, is 2-1 in 16 appearances, with eight saves and 34 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings pitched. Garcia, also a junior right-hander, is 2-0 in 22 appearances, with 11 saves and 25 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.

"Two month into the season and still having a 0.00 ERA is pretty impressive," said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "All of these pitchers have impressive statistics, and we're pleased to be able to recognize that."

Caly Poly's Matt Imhof, a junior left-handed pitcher, has 97 strikeouts and only 26 walks in 67 1/3 innings. He's 8-2 with a 1.87 ERA.

In addition to standout individual statistics, several schools have multiple representatives on the watch list, including Pepperdine with three.

"Three players on the watch list from the same school is pretty remarkable," said Chris Snead, award co-chair. "It definitely says something about the caliber of that staff. It will be interesting to see how the numbers shape up as we progress through the regular season and the postseason."

For more information on the Pitcher of the Year Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

 

Pitcher of the Year Watch List:

 

NAME

TEAM

CONFERENCE

Gage Smith

Florida State

ACC

Bryan Garcia

Miami

ACC

Nick Howard

Virginia

ACC

Nathan Kirby

Virginia

ACC

Nick Burdi

Louisville

American Athletic

Michael Murray

Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic Sun

Brendan McCurry

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Vince Wheeland

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Brandon Finnegan

TCU

Big 12

Nathan Thornhill

Texas

Big 12

Josh Prevost

Seton Hall

Big East

Trey Lambert

Liberty

Big South

Ryan Thompson

Campbell

Big South

Casey Bloomquist

Cal Poly

Big West

Matt Imhof

Cal Poly

Big West

Thomas Eshelman

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Sam Moore

UC Irvine

Big West

Andrew Morales

UC Irvine

Big West

Chase Mallard

Alabama-Birmingham

Conference USA

Brett Mabry

East Carolina

Conference USA

Ryan Williams

East Carolina

Conference USA

Mike Franco

Florida International

Conference USA

Christopher Mourelle

Florida International

Conference USA

Blake Fox

Rice

Conference USA

Kyle Freeland

Evansville

Missouri Valley

Michael Cederoth

San Diego State

Mountain West

Jeff Gold

Oregon

Pac-12

Jace Fry

Oregon State

Pac-12

Ben Wetzler

Oregon State

Pac-12

David Berg

UCLA

Pac-12

Tyler Davis

Washington

Pac-12

Thomas Burrows

Alabama

SEC

Danny Young

Florida

SEC

Aaron Nola

LSU

SEC

Chris Ellis

Ole Miss

SEC

Christian Trent

Ole Miss

SEC

Joel Seddon

South Carolina

SEC

Jack Wynkoop

South Carolina

SEC

Andy Cox

Tennessee

SEC

Walker Buehler

Vanderbilt

SEC

Andres Garcia

Samford

Southern

Carson Baranik

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Ryan Wilson

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Sam Street

UT-Pan American

WAC

Aaron Brown

Pepperdine

West Coast

Eric Karch

Pepperdine

West Coast

Corey Miller

Pepperdine

West Coast

 

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