First watch list for Pitcher of the Year Award announced
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The two pitchers leading the nation in victories also lead the initial watch list for the 2016 National Pitcher of the Year Award, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock as part of the annual Night of Champions event.
Louisville's Drew Harrington, a junior left-hander, and South Carolina's Clarke Schmidt, a sophomore right-hander, are both 8-1 on the season. Harrington has pitched 58 innings through April 17, while Schmidt has pitched 65 in that time.
Schmidt also leads the nation in strikeouts with 80.
"Every year, the number of quality pitchers across the country makes compiling this list difficult, and this year is no different," said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "We are pleased to highlight so many quality athletes, and we look forward to seeing how the rest of the season goes for these young men."
Also on the watch list is the nation's leader in earned run average -- Thomas Hackimer, a senior right-hander at St. John's, who has a 0.27 ERA in 33 innings -- and the nation's saves leader, Sam Donko, a junior right-hander at VCU, who has 14 saves in 19 appearances.
Five schools have three representatives on the watch list -- Florida, Louisville, South Carolina, TCU and Vanderbilt. The Southeastern Conference features 16 representatives, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 11.
"Having that many players from two conferences on this first list speaks to the quality of pitching in those leagues, but there are several conferences with more than one player on this list," said Brian Melakian, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "No doubt those players will factor heavily into their teams' success as the season continues."
For more information on the Night of Champions event, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.
2016 National Pitcher of the Year Watch List
|Evan Kruczynski||East Carolina||AAC|
|Robby Howell||Central Florida||AAC|
|Jacob Stevens||Boston College||ACC|
|Jim Voyles||Florida State||ACC|
|J.B. Bukauskas||North Carolina||ACC|
|Hunter Williams||North Carolina||ACC|
|Brian Brown||North Carolina State||ACC|
|Ryan Williamson||North Carolina State||ACC|
|Chad Lee||Stony Brook||AEC|
|Brad Haymes||Gardner-Webb||Big South|
|Darren McCaughan||Long Beach State||Big West|
|Kyle Nelson||UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Evan Hill||Michigan||Big 10|
|Ryan Nutof||Michigan||Big 10|
|Cam Vieaux||Michigan State||Big 10|
|Reece Eddins||Nebraska||Big 10|
|Adam Oller||Northwestern||Big 10|
|Jack Anderson||Penn State||Big 10|
|Tyler Buffett||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Luken Baker||TCU||Big 12|
|Dalton Horton||TCU||Big 12|
|Brian Howard||TCU||Big 12|
|Ty Culbreth||Texas||Big 12|
|Hayden Howard||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Davis Martin||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Thomas Hackimer||St. John's||Big East|
|Ryan Foster||UNC Wilmington||CAA|
|Glenn Otto||Rice||Conference USA|
|Cord Cockrell||Southern Miss||Conference USA|
|Eric Lauer||Kent State||MAC|
|Jimmy Lambert||Fresno State||MWC|
|Matt Anderson||Morehead State||OVC|
|Joey Lucchesi||Southeast Missouri State||OVC|
|Bryce Fehmel||Oregon State||Pac-12|
|John Valek III||LSU||SEC|
|Brady Bramlett||Ole Miss||SEC|
|Josh Reagan||South Carolina||SEC|
|Clarke Schmidt||South Carolina||SEC|
|Braden Webb||South Carolina||SEC|
|Brigham Hill||Texas A&M||SEC|
|Kevin Hill||South Alabama||Sunbelt|
|Joseph Camacho||Alabama State||SWAC|
|Tyler Howe||Alabama State||SWAC|
|Michael Rucker||BYU||West Coast|
|A.J. Puckett||Pepperdine||West Coast|
|Corbin Burnes||Saint Mary's (Calif.)||West Coast|