DALLAS (NCBWA) – Thirty players have been named to the
watch list for the second annual National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association
announced Wednesday. The award will be given to the top relief pitcher
in Division I college baseball.
Of the 30 pitchers who make up the initial 2006 watch list, 21
were ranked among the nation's Top 50 in saves at the end of the
2005 season, including Daniel Best of Southern Miss – one of five
finalists for the Inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005.
Nebraska's Brent Jensen returns to the Huskers after posting
16 saves and helping his squad to Omaha – he had the most saves
last season of any pitcher on the watch list. Tyler Chambliss of
Florida State returns with 15 from '05, while Casey Lambert (Virginia),
Kevin Gunderson (Oregon State) and Paul Koss (USC) each tallied
14. A total of 14 pitchers that appear on the 2006 watch list finished
last season with 10 or more saves.
The 2006 watch list represents 13 conferences, led by five players
from the Atlantic Coast, and four from the Big 12. The Conference
USA, Missouri Valley, Pac-10, and Southeastern each have three players
represented, while the Atlantic 10 and Big West both have two players
representing their leagues. The Atlantic Sun, Big Ten, Big East,
Northeast, and Patriot each have one player.
2006 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
||Live Oak, Fla.
||Overland Park, Kan.
||Fair Oaks, Calif.
|Kevin Gunderson (L)
||Eagle Grove, Iowa
|Casey Lambert (L)
||N. Palm Beach, Fla.
||Cal State Fullerton
||Anaheim Hills, Calif.
||Holmes Beach, Fla.
||West Hills, Calif.
(L) indicates left-handed pitcher
"We were very pleased with the publicity and excitement this
award generated in its first year of existence," said NCBWA President
Todd Lamb, Assistant Athletics Communications Director at The Ohio
State University. "Relief pitching is an area that is often overlooked
and underappreciated in the college game, so we are looking to build
upon last year's success, and continue to generate some recognition
for the nation's outstanding relief pitchers."
Nominations were made by each school's baseball sports information
contact. A mid-season release, including the national saves leaders,
will be updated during the week of April 17. At the end the regular
season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching
standouts will be selected as the award's finalists. These finalists
will be released on Wednesday, May 31, just prior to the beginning
of NCAA regional play.
From the list of finalists, the NCBWA's All-America Committee
will select a winner. The 2nd annual winner will be announced on
Wednesday, June 7, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to
the nation's top player. It also selects a Division I All-America
Team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District
Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.
For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact
at USA Baseball at 919-474-8721 (Ext. 210) or
Russ Anderson at Conference
USA at 214-774-1351.
2006 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Thurs., Feb. 2: Watch List announced
• Wed., April 19: Midseason Watch List announced
• Thurs., June 1: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Thurs., June 8: NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced