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2019 Pitcher of the Year Watch List released
The best hurlers in the country comprise the initial watch list of 2019

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The first two months of the 2019 season have provided some amazing performances on the mound, from no-hitters to high-strikeout domination. Those hurlers and more highlight just how good pitching at the college level has become.

The College Baseball Foundation on Wednesday released its initial 2019 Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List, highlighting 69 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 this summer by the CBF.

"I think it is interesting to see the progression of some of last year's student-athletes following up fine seasons last year with great efforts again in 2019," said Brian Melakian, co-chair of the Pitcher of the Year Award. "We have a great mix of returners along with many new names that will make this a fun season to follow."

Highlighting the season so far has been the perfect game thrown by East Carolina sophomore left-hander Jake Kuchmaner, who dominated Maryland on March 17. This came after he was one out away from the Pirates' first no-hitter in 14 years before it was broken up in a game against Mississippi.

And that doesn't take into account all the recognizable names, and potential first-round picks, on this year's watch list.

Making a return appearance on this year's list are two of last year's finalists in juniors Sean Mooney from St. John's and Andre Pallante from UC-Irvine.

Mooney has picked up a pair of wins to go with his 2.17 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, striking out 57. Pallante, meanwhile, has racked up five wins with a 2.80 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while striking out 58.

A trio of hurlers top the list in terms of wins with eight each. Alec Marsh, a junior, has helped pace Arizona State's resurgence while compiling a 2.02 ERA and 54 strikeouts. Landon Knack, a junior at East Tennessee, and Kavin Brown, a senior at Eastern Kentucky, also have put up impressive numbers this season.

The list of strikeout artists brings to light some of the top names at Power 5 conferences this year, though it's senior Noah Song at the U.S. Naval Academy who tops the list with 110 strikeouts to go with a 1.53 ERA and seven wins.

Sophomore Reid Detmers has been dominant for Louisville this season, striking out 94 to go with a 0.82 WHIP and six wins. Mississippi State junior left-hander Ethan Small has four wins and a 1.83 ERA to go with his 94 strikeouts, while Zak Kent at Virginia Military Institute has 92 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP to go with his five wins.

"With a strong group of candidates, this year's award may be the closest ever," said Chris Snead, award co-chair. "There are exceptional pitchers putting up tremendous numbers all across the country this 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

Ben Abram

Oklahoma

Big 12

Logan Allen

Florida Intl.

Conference USA

Dante Biasi

Penn St.

Big Ten

Ben Brecht

UC-Santa Barbara

Big West

Kaven Brown

Eastern Kentucky

Ohio Valley

Tanner Burns

Auburn

SEC

Cade Cavalli

Oklahoma

Big 12

Mat Clark

Clemson

ACC

Chris Clements

Portland

West Coast

Jack Corbell

Miami (Ohio)

Mid-American

Trenton Denholm

UC-Irvine

Big West

Reid Detmers

Louisville

ACC

Chris Clements

Portland

West Coast

John Doxakis

Texas A&M

SEC

Brandon Eisert

Oregon St.

Pac-12

Tim Elliott

Georgia

SEC

Bryce Fehmel

Oregon St.

Pac-12

Drake Fellows

Vanderbilt

SEC

Chris Gerard

Virginia Tech

ACC

Connor Gillispie

VCU

Atlantic 10

Emerson Hancock

Georgia

SEC

Tommy Henry

Michigan

Big Ten

Mason Hickman

Vanderbilt

SEC

Chance Hroch

New Mexico State

WAC

Micah Kanzor

East Tennessee

Southern

Darren Kelley

Alabama State

SWAC

Zak Kent

VMI

Southern

Payton Kinney

Omaha

Summit

George Kirby

Elon

Colonial

Landon Knack

East Tennessee

Southern

Jake Kuchmaner

East Carolina

AAC

Asa Lacy

Texas A&M

SEC

Joe LaSora

St. John's

Big East

Jack Little

Stanford

Pac-12

Nick Lodolo

TCU

Big 12

Alek Manoah

West Virginia

Big 12

Alec Marsh

Arizona State

Pac-12

Reeves Martin

New Orleans

Southland

Andrew McInvale

Liverty

Atlantic Sun

Griffin McLarty

Col. of Charleston

Colonial

Sean Mellen

Northeastern

Colonial

Max Meyer

Minnesota

Big Ten

Sean Mooney

St. John's

Big East

Jake Mulholland

Oregon St.

Pac-12

Chris Murphy

San Diego

West Coast

Aaron Ochsenbein

Eastern Kentucky

Ohio Valley

Riley Ornido

San Francisco

West Coast

Codie Paiva

Loyola-Marymount

West Coast

Andre Pallante

UC-Irvine

Big West

Hunter Parsons

Maryland

Big Ten

Mason Pelio

Boston College

ACC

Triston Polley

Indiana St.

Missouri Valley

Patrick Raby

Vanderbilt

SEC

Connor Schultz

Butler

Big East

T.J. Sikkema

Missouri

SEC

Ethan Small

Mississippi St.

SEC

Noah Song

Navy

Patriot

Davis Sharpe

Clemson

ACC

John Stankiewicz

Fordham

Atlantic 10

Mason Studstill

Fla. Gulf Coast

Atlantic Sun

Connor Thomas

Georgia Tech

ACC

Zack Thompson

Kentucky

SEC

Fred Villarreal

Houston

AAC

Matt Waldron

Nebraska

Big Ten

Jacob Wallace

Conneticut

AAC

Easton Walker

BYU

West Coast

Ty Weber

Illinois

Big Ten

Hayden Wesneski

Sam Houston St.

Southland

Jordan Wicks

Kansas St.

Big 12

Jimmy Winston

Baylor

Big 12

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