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Offensive numbers, fielding percentage highlighted on Wallace Award watch list

LUBBOCK, Texas -- While being able to field one's position is an important part of the criteria for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, the players recognized on the newest watch list also have some impressive offensive numbers.

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation's top shortstop and will be presented as part of the annual Night of Champions celebration on July 2 in Lubbock.

Charles Leblanc, a sophomore at Pittsburgh, leads the list with a .409 batting average in 43 games. He has seven doubles, three triples and two home runs to go along with his 41 RBIs. He also has a .955 fielding percentage.

Oklahoma junior Sheldon Neuse leads the watch list in home runs with 10 and RBIs with 42. He also has a .376 batting average and a .986 fielding percentage.

"There are so many things we look at when putting together these watch lists," said Larry Wallace, award co-chair. "Each of these shortstops has put up numbers that make them worthy of consideration for this award, and I'm sure they'll continue to make it difficult to narrow the list down further as we head into postseason play."

While the offensive numbers of several of the shortstops on the watch list compete with those of any position, fielding percentage remains an important statistic.

Leading that category is Minnesota freshman Terrin Vavra, who has a .988 fielding percentage. He's hitting .390 on the season with four doubles, two triples and one home run.

"All of these young men field their position well," said Tom Quigley, award co-chair. "The shortstop is involved in so many plays on the diamond that for so many of these players, to have such high fielding percentages is really impressive."

For more information on the Wallace Award or the Night of Champions event, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.


2016 BROOKS WALLACE SHORTSTOP OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Taylor Walls

Florida State

ACC

Devin Hairston

Louisville

ACC

Brandon Lopez

Miami

ACC

Charles Leblanc

Pittsburgh

ACC

JJ Gould

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

Sheldon Neuse

Oklahoma

Big 12

Donnie Walton

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Nicky Lopez

Creighton

Big East

Nick Roscetti

Iowa

Big Ten

Terrin Vavra

Minnesota

Big Ten

Riley Delgado

Middle Tennessee State

Conference USA

Ford Proctor

Rice

Conference USA

Nick Dawson

Southern Mississippi

Conference USA

Mike Brosseau

Oakland

Horizon

Mitch Roman

Wright State

Horizon

Matthew Batten

Quinnipiac

Metro Atlantic

Dalton Bowers

New Mexico

Mountain West

Cody Ramer

Arizona

Pac-12

Colby Woodmansee

Arizona State

Pac-12

Dalton Guthrie

Florida

SEC

Kramer Robertson

LSU

SEC

Ryan Gridley

Mississippi State

SEC

Marcus Mooney

South Carolina

SEC

Connor Kaiser

Vanderbilt

SEC

Drew LaBounty

South Alabama

Sun Belt

Paul Panaccione

Grand Canyon

WAC

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