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2018 Pitcher of the Year Watch List released
The best hurlers in the country comprise the initial watch list of 2018

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- If the first two-thirds of the season are any indication, not only will the race for the national championship be tremendous, so will the battle to prove who the top hurler in the nation will be.

The College Baseball Foundation on Thursday released its initial Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List, highlighting 78 of the top arms in the country that includes both perennial powers and up-and-coming teams. The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented later this summer by the CBF.

"These really are some of the best pitchers in America right now," said Chris Snead, co-chairman of the Pitcher of the Year Award selection committee. "There is not a lot of separation between the top and the bottom of this list. It will be interesting to see these student-athletes compete and which pitchers who were not on this initial list will emerge as candidates."

Already this season there have been numerous no-hitters, and Casey Mize of Auburn has one of them when he blanked Northeastern. A projected first-round pick, Mize has racked up seven wins and 86 strikeouts with a 2.00 ERA.

He is just one of several recognizable names on this year's watch list.

Three players on the watch list already have eight victories, led by Oregon State's Luke Heimlich, who has compiled a 3.43 ERA and struck out 67. Sean Mellen of Northeastern also has eight wins to go with a 2.06 ERA and 56 strikeouts, while Mitchell Kilkenney of Texas A&M has eight wins, 52 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA.

No. 1-ranked Florida is being paced by Brady Singer, who has seven wins and a 2.79 ERA while striking out 63.

But it's not all about the big names. St. John's resurgence this year has been led by Sean Mooney, who has seven wins and has struck out 68 to compile a 2.39 ERA. Kevin Perez has Jackson State contending for a Southwestern Athletic Conference crown by racking up 43 strikeouts in his seven wins, while Riley Ornido leads San Francisco in the West Coast Conference with seven wins and 61 strikeouts with a 1.50 ERA.

There are also a handful of relievers having outstanding seasons. In the Atlantic Sun Conference, Chris Malouni of Jacksonville and Brooks Wilson of Stetson have become two of the top closers in the country, recording 14 and 13 saves, respectively.

Jack Little of Stanford (11), Zack Leban of Kansas and Michael Byrne of Florida (10) have also racked up double-digit saves.

"We are already seeing great performances from all over the country," said Brian Melakian, co-chairman of the Pitcher of the Year Award selection committee. "There is a wealth of talent in places that traditionally have strong programs and also in parts of the country where you don't always see great collegiate players. That is a great sign for college baseball as a whole and I look forward to seeing who will distinguish themselves as the best of the best over the course of the season."

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 AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Jake Bird

UCLA

Pac-12

Brandon Beck

Stanford

Pac-12

Brian Brown

North Carolina St.

ACC

Kyle Brynovich

Elon

Colonial

Kris Bubic

Stanford

Pac-12

Daniel Burggraaf

Army

Patriot

Michael Byrne

Florida

SEC

Parker Caracci

Mississippi

SEC

Xzavion Curry

Georgia Tech

ACC

Connor Curtis

Ohio State

Big Ten

Cody Deason

Arizona

Pac-12

Joe Demers

Washington

Pac-12

John Doxakis

Texas A&M

SEC

Liam Eddy

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

Brady Feigl

Mississippi

SEC

Aaron Fletcher

Houston

AAC

Nicholas Fraze

Texas State

Southland

Logan Gilbert

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

Connor Gillispie

Virginia Commonwealth

Colonial

Joey Gonzales

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

Edgar Gonzalez

Fresno State

Mountain West

Luke Heimlich

Oregon State

Pac-12

Garrett Hill

San Diego State

Mountain West

Ma'kahil Hilliard

LSU

SEC

Jacob Hennessey

Clemson

ACC

Tommy Henry

Michigan

Big Ten

Sean Hielle

Kentucky

SEC

Nolan Hoffman

Texas A&M

SEC

Sean Hunley

Tennessee

SEC

Jake Irving

Oklahoma

Big 12

Jake Jackson

Nevada

Mountain West

Wil Jensen

Pepperdine

West Coast

Mitchell Kilkenney

Texas A&M

SEC

Seth Kinker

Ohio State

Big Ten

Blaine Knight

Arkansas

SEC

Jackson Kowar

Florida

SEC

Zack Leban

Kansas

Big 12

Eli Lingos

Arizona State

Pac-12

Jack Little

Stanford

Pac-12

Quentin Longrie

USC

Pac-12

Kevin Magee

St. John's

Big East

Davis Martin

Texas Tech

Big 12

Chris Malouni

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

James MacArthur

Mississippi

SEC

Griffin McLarty

College of Charleston

Colonial

Sean Mellen

Norhteastern

Colonial

Pauly Milto

Indiana

Big Ten

Casey Mize

Auburn

SEC

Bryce Montes De Oca

Missouri

SEC

Sean Mooney

St. John's

Big East

Jake Mulholland

Oregon State

Pac-12

Joe O'Donnell

North Carolina State

ACC

Riley Ornido

San Francisco

West Coast

Drew Parrish

Florida State

ACC

Jacob Palisch

Stanford

Pac-12

Andre Pallante

UC-Irvine

Big West

Colin Peluse

Wake Forest

ACC

Cole Percival

UC-Riverside

Big West

Devon Perez

Oklahoma

Big 12

Kevin Perez

UCLA

Pac-12

Triston Polley

Indiana State

Missouri Valley

Thomas Ponticelli

San Francisco

West Coast

Griffin Roberts

Wake Forest

ACC

Mitchell Senger

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

Brady Singer

Florida

SEC

Evan Sisk

College of Charleston

Colonial

Noah Song

Navy

Patriot

Pete Strzelecki

South Florida

AAC

Ryan Tapani

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Carson Teel

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Sean Thompson

Virginia Commonwealth

Colonial

Ken Waldichuk

Saint Mary's

West Coast

Brooks Wilson

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

Adam Wolf

Louisville

ACC

Dallas Woolfolk

Mississippi

SEC

Kenyon Yovan

Oregon

Pac-12

Ryan Zeferjahn

Kansas

Big 12

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