2018 Pitcher of the Year finalists released
The College Baseball Foundation announces this year's top five hurlers
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Some familiar names and this year's top newcomers highlight the list of five finalists for the National Pitcher of the Year, presented by the College Baseball Foundation.
Most of those arms will be on full display as the postseason gets underway, leading both traditional powers and upstart contenders seeking a spot in Omaha in two weeks.
The five finalists are junior Logan Gilbert from Stetson, sophomore Sean Mooney from St. John's, senior Luke Heimlich from Oregon State, sophomore Andre Pallante from UC-Irvine and junior Brady Singer from Florida.
"We think this may be the strongest group of finalists that we have ever had," said Chris Snead, co-chair of the Pitcher of the Year Award. "Each of these student athletes brings their own strengths to the table and could be the winner in their own right."
The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented later this summer by the College Baseball Foundation.
Here is a closer look at the five finalists:
- •Logan Gilbert, Jr., Stetson: The staff ace of one of the best stories of the year in college baseball, Gilbert led the Hatters to the program's first home regional and a No. 11 overall seed by going 10-1 with a 2.52 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 100 innings of work.
- •Luke Heimlich, Sr., Oregon State: The talented, left-handed Heimlich returned for his senior season and has the Beavers entering the postseason as the No. 3 national seed. On the year he is 14-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 104.2 innings.
- •Sean Mooney, Soph., St. John's: Mooney helped lead the Red Storm to their second Big East title in the last four years as the No. 3 seed at the Clemson regional. He finished the regular season 11-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 89.1 innings of work.
- •Andre Pallante, Soph., UC-Irvine: Pallante was a standout for the Anteaters this season, going 10-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 101.1 innings on the mound.
- •Brady Singer, Jr., Florida: The ace of the No. 1 team in the country going into the postseason, Singer has dominated for most of the season. He is 10-1 with a 2.25 ERA, having struck out 92 in 88 innings on the year.
"This group of finalists represents a variety of conferences and different regions of the country," said Brian Melakian, co-chair of the Pitcher of the Year Award. "As has been the case all season, we are seeing just how strong college baseball has become across the country."
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.