Slick fielding recognized on Wallace Award list
Fielding percentage of 'huge importance' in development of list
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference lead the pack with seven players each on the first 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list.
The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
The Big 12 has five players on the list and the ACC features four. Several other conferences also have multiple players on the watch list.
“It really says something about the high quality of play in many of these conferences that they have so many players on the watch list,” said Wallace Award co-chair Tyler Young. “As conference play winds down, it will be interesting to see how these players finish the season and to see which conferences will still have multiple players on the list.”
Kenton Parmley, a junior at Southeast Missouri State, leads the pack with a .410 batting average. Parmley, who has seven home runs and 12 doubles, saw his 47-game hitting streak that dated back to May 17, 2011, end on April 22.
Leading the way in fielding percentage is Pepperdine junior Zach Vincej at .989. Close behind is Tennessee senior Zach Osborne, who has compiled a .983 fielding percentage.
“Of course, we look at all the statistics -- batting average, double, triples, home run, etc. -- when developing our watch lists, but for a shortstop award, fielding percentage has to be of huge importance,” said Kevin Dunagan, Wallace Award co-chair. “Each of these young men has compiled statistics that justify their place on this list.”
BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST
|Chris Diaz||NC State||ACC|
|Johnny Morales||Virginia Tech||ACC|
|Pat Blair||Wake Forest||ACC|
|Thomas Lindauer||Illinois||Big 10|
|Chad Christensen||Nebraska||Big 10|
|David Miller||Purdue||Big 10|
|Jake Miller||Baylor||Big 12|
|Jake Brown||Kansas State||Big 12|
|Hunter Bailey||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Jordan Etier||Texas||Big 12|
|Mikey Reynolds||Texas A&M||Big 12|
|Tim Proudfoot||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Mike Miller||Cal Poly||Big West|
|D.J. Crumlich||UC Irvine||Big West|
|Jack Reinheimer||East Carolina||CUSA|
|Ashley Graeter||Southern Miss||CUSA|
|Darnell Sweeney||Central Florida||CUSA|
|Alex Jones||Northern Illinois||Mid-American|
|Dayne Parker||Wichita State||MVC|
|Reed Harper||Austin Peay||OVC|
|Richie Rodriguez||Eastern Kentucky||OVC|
|Kenton Parmley||SE Missouri State||OVC|
|Deven Marrero||Arizona State||Pac-12|
|Tyler Smith||Oregon State||Pac-12|
|Alex Maldonado||Holy Cross||Patriot|
|Will Callaway||Appalachian State||Southern|
|Cam Schiller||Oral Roberts||Summit|
|Bo Cuthbertson||Southern Utah||Summit|
|Zach Voight||New Mexico State||WAC|
|Andrew Daniel||San Diego||WCC|