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Initial 2018 Olerud Award Watch List is released
Candidates must have at least 20 innings pitched or six saves

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- As the 2018 collegiate baseball season begins to hit the home stretch, the field is wide open for the eighth annual John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, as evidenced by the 2018 watch list released Thursday by the College Baseball Foundation.

With three-time award winner Brendan McKay of Louisville taking his talents to professional baseball, a total of 25 players on this year's watch list will vie for the coveted prize, presented by the College Baseball Foundation. The watch list features eight players who were on the watch list in 2017.

"Because we have no clear-cut frontrunner as we've had the past two years, I'm expecting the battle for the 2018 award to come right down to the very end," said George Watson, chairman of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year selection committee. "We certainly have some outstanding candidates on this year's watch list representing both Power 5 and smaller schools, each one playing a key role in their team's success this year. It's going to be fun watching these outstanding players progress over the final six weeks of the season."

The award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The award will be presented by the College Baseball Foundation later this summer.

One of the top candidates on the watch list is Southern Mississippi outfielder/right-handed pitcher Matt Wallner. The sophomore is hitting .353 for the Golden Eagles with nine home runs and 41 RBI. On the mound, he has recorded four saves.

Also in the mix is University of California-Berkeley outfielder/right-handed pitcher Tanner Dodson. A junior, Dodson is hitting .333 with a home run and 16 RBI, and on the mound, he is 1-0 with a 2.39 ERA, compiling eight saves and 23 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.

Tristin English has Georgia Tech in contention for the Coastal Division championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The sophomore infielder/right-handed pitcher is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 27 innings, while at the plate, he's hitting .333 with five home runs and 41 RBI.

Representing the small-school contingent is Stetson designated hitter/right-handed pitcher Brooks Wilson. A senior, Wilson is 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA and 13 saves in 34.2 innings, striking out 45. At the plate he is hitting .272 with a home run and seven RBI

"Those are just a handful of the talented two-way players on this year's watch list," Watson said. "And with more than a month to go until the postseason, I expect each one of these players to make a push both individually and in leading their team's playoff hopes."

National champion Florida and national runner-up LSU, as well as Jacksonville, Oregon, Texas Tech and West Virginia, each have two players on the watch list.

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


JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

Class

School

Conference

Nick Anderson

Sr.

UC-Irvine

Big West

Clayton Andrews

Jr.

Long Beach State

Big West

Austin Baine

Sr.

LSU

SEC

Daniel Cabrera

Fr.

LSU

SEC

Mike Cassala

Jr.

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

Teddy Cillis

Sr.

Hofstra

Colonial

Jake Crawford

Jr.

Furman

Southern

Tanner Dodson

Jr.

California

Pac-12

Trish English

Soph.

Georgia Tech

ACC

Kody Funderburk

Jr.

Dallas Baptist

Missouri Valley

Chris Gau

Jr.

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

Connor Grammes

Soph.

Xavier

Big East

Nick Horvath

Sr.

LSU

SEC

Isaiah Kearns

Soph.

West Virginia

Big 12

Jack Labosky

Sr.

Duke

ACC

Alvin Melendez

Soph.

Fordham

Atlantic 10

Austin Langworthy

Soph.

Florida

SEC

John McMillon

Soph.

Texas Tech

Big 12

Ryne Nelson

Soph.

Oregon

Pac-12

Aaron Schunk

Soph.

Georgia

SEC

Matt Wallner

Soph.

Southern Miss

Conference USA

Brooks Wilson

Sr.

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

Kurt Wilson

Fr.

Texas Tech

Big 12

Kenyon Yovan

Soph.

Oregon

Pac-12

Braden Zarbnisky

Jr.

West Virginia

Big 12

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