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First Brooks Wallace Award Watch List released

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A group of 75 of the most talented athletes in Division I college baseball highlight the 2017 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced Friday.

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation's top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27.

"The Brooks Wallace Award was created to recognize excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community," said award co-chairman Tyler Young. "And every year, we are impressed by the quality of character and performance of players across the nation. This year is no different."

The watch list includes some of the most recognizable names in college baseball who have either paced perennial powers or led some relative newcomers to new heights.

Sophomore Nick Madrigal has No. 1 Oregon State surging with a 28-1 record and 23-game winning streak. Madrigal is hitting .394 with 17 RBI and a .972 fielding percentage. Right behind him is junior Julio Gonzalez from upstart Florida Gulf Coast, who is hitting .363 with 2 home runs and 26 RBI.

No. 2 Louisville's Devin Hairston has the Cardinals playing at a high level. The junior is hitting .333 with three home runs and 32 RBI. Steady and consistent, LSU senor Kramer Robertson is hitting .322 with four home runs and 20 RBI for the ninth-ranked Tigers.

With four home runs last weekend in earning National Player of the Week honors, junior Orlando Garcia leads the sixth-ranked Red Raiders and the Big 12 Conference in home runs (8) and RBI (37), while compiling a .985 fielding percentage. Also in Texas, No. 23 University of Houston junior Jake Scheiner is hitting .398 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI.

"It's always an exciting time of year for me to start the process of finding the right combination of character, humbleness and player to represent the Brooks Wallace Award," said Award co-chair Larry Wallace, the brother of Brooks Wallace. "The Wallace family is always extremely proud with the integrity shown by each year's winner."

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

 

BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Angelo Altavilla

Nebraska

Big Ten

Royce Ando

Michigan St.

Big Ten

Taylor Beene

Sam Houston St.

Southland

Jesse Berardi

St. John's

Big East

Jax Biggers

Arkansas

SEC

Alex Borglin

Central Michigan

Mid-American

LeeMarcus Boyd

Southern Miss.

Conference USA

Michael Brdar

Michigan

Big Ten

Tucker Cascadden

Baylor

Big 12

Ernie Clement

Virginia

ACC

Greg Cullen

Niagara

Metro Atlantic

Logan Davidson

Clemson

ACC

Riley Delgado

Middle Tennessee

Conference USA

Mikey Duarte

UC Irvine

Big West

Camden Duzenack

Dallas Baptist

Missouri Valley

Jeremy Eierman

Missouri State

Missouri Valley

Patrick Ervin

North Florida

Atlantic Sun

Will Fox

McNeese State

Southland

Jimmy Galusky

West Virginia

Big 12

Orlando Garcia

Texas Tech

Big 12

David Garza

Tennessee Tech

Ohio Valley

Kam Gellinger

Central Florida

AAC

Robbie Glendinning

Missouri

SEC

Mitchell Golden

Georgia Southern

Sun Belt

Julio Gonzalez

Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic Sun

Jordan Gore

Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt

A.J. Graffanino

Washington

Pac-12

Andre Gregory

New Mexico

Mountain West

Ryan Gridley

Mississippi St.

SEC

Dalton Guthrie

Florida

SEC

Devon Hairston

Louisville

ACC

Michael Hartnagel

Butler

Big East

Conner Heady

Kentucky

SEC

Nico Hoerner

Stanford

Pac-12

Josh Hollander

Kent State

Mid-American

Austin Homan

Texas A&M

SEC

Jeremy Houston

Indiana

Big Ten

Luke Jarvis

Auburn

SEC

Connor Kaiser

Vanderbilt

SEC

Ryan Krainz

Cornell

Ivy

Drew LaBounty

Southern Alabama

Sun Belt

Kyle Lewis

Arizona

Pac-12

Irving Lopez

Fla. International

Conference USA

Nick Madrigal

Oregon State

Pac-12

Luke Manzo

Charleston

Colonial

Matt Meeder

Mercer

Southern

Kevin Merrell

South Florida

AAC

Ryan Merrill

TCU

Big 12

Mason McCoy

Iowa

Big Ten/p>

Matt McLaughlin

Kansas

Big 12

Ryne Ogren

Elon

Colonial

Jonathan Ortega

Texas State

Sun Belt

Brett Pope

Western Carolina

Southern

Anthony Prato

UConn

AAC

Frankie Rios

Southern California

Pac-12

Kramer Robertson

LSU

SEC

Paul Rufo

Binghamton

American East

Zach Rutherford

Old Dominion

Conference USA

Daniel Schneemann

BYU

West Coast

Jake Scheiner

Houston

AAC

Luke Shadid

Bradley

Missouri Valley

Danny Sheehan

San Diego St.

Mountain West

Demetrius Sims

Bethune-Cookman

Mid-Eastern

Dalton Skelton

Louisiana Tech

Conference USA

Kevin Smith

Maryland

Big Ten

Dylan Snypes

Oral Roberts

Summit

Bruce Steel

Wake Forest

ACC

Reggie Southall

Tennessee

SEC

Ryan Tufts

Virginia Tech

ACC

Terrin Vavra

Minnesota

Big Ten

Logan Warmouth

North Carolina

ACC

Taylor Walls

Florida St.

ACC

Sahid Valenzuela

Cal St. Fullerton

Big West

Austin Whilhite

Georgia Tech

ACC

Brandon Zaragoza

Oklahoma

Big 12

 

 

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