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First 2017 Olerud Award Watch List is released
Candidates must have at least 20 innings pitched or six saves

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- As the college baseball season turns the corner on the halfway mark, the College Baseball Foundation announces its 2017 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List.

A total of 25 players representing schools large and small are featured on the watch list, led by two-time award winner Brendan McKay of Louisville and hard-hitting outfielder Adam Haseley of Virginia.

"This is yet another outstanding class for the 2017 Olerud Watch List," said award chairman George Watson. "With the evolution of baseball, coaches more and more are seeking guys who can help both on the mound and at the plate, and this group certainly represents that movement."

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.

McKay, who won the award as a freshman and repeated last year as a sophomore, is hitting .400 with six home runs and 27 RBI, while on the mound he serves as the ace for the No. 2-ranked Cardinals. He has compiled a 4-2 record with a 1.40 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 45 innings.

Hot on his heels, however, is Atlantic Coast Conference rival Haseley, who is 5-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 48.1 innings for the 20th-ranked Cavaliers. Haseley is hitting .402 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.

McKay and Haseley are two of eight players who were on the watch last in 2016.

Also on the list is a very talented group of newcomers, each making big impacts for their respective teams.

Junior Jake Meyers, an outfielder and left-hander from Nebraska, has led a surging Cornhuskers team by compiling a 5-1 record with a 2.25 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 44 innings on the mound and hitting .276 with seven RBI and a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases.

Luis Gonzalez, a junior outfielder and left-hander, has led New Mexico to another solid season. He is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 32.2 innings, while at the plate he is hitting .374 with three home runs and 23 RBI.

"With his tremendous start to the season, McKay certain appears to be a frontrunner for his third straight award," Watson said. "But he is going to face stiff competition down the stretch, and by no means is he a shoe-in. There are a lot of very good candidates this year, any of whom can walk away with the Olerud trophy."

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

Jr.

Virginia Tech

ACC

Daniel Brumbaugh

Jr.

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Mike Cassala

So.

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

Teddy Cillis

Jr.

Hofstra

Colonial

Jake Crawford

So.

Furman

Southern

Chris Erwin

Sr.

Kennesaw State

Atlantic Sun

Ray Gaither

Fr.

Dallas Baptist

Missouri Valley

Chris Gau

Soph.

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

Luis Gonzalez

Jr.

New Mexico

Mountain West

Bryan Haberstroh

Sr.

NJIT

Atlantic Sun

Sean Labsan

Sr.

Florida Atlantic

Conference USA

Jack Labosky

Jr.

Duke

ACC

Adam Haseley

Jr.

Virginia

ACC

Anthony Herrera

Sr.

Louisiana-Monroe

Sun Belt

Andrew Hinckey

Sr.

Central Conn. St.

Northeast

Jake Mangum

So.

Mississippi St.

SEC

Alex Mauricio

Jr.

Norfolk St.

Mid-Eastern

Brendan McKay

Jr.

Louisville

ACC

John McMillon

Fr.

Texas Tech

Big 12

Jake Meyers

Jr.

Nebraska

Big Ten

C.J. Pickering

Sr.

UT-San Antonio

Conference USA

Alex Robles

Sr.

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

Hunter Seay

Fr.

Baylor

Big 12

Alex Troop

So.

Michigan St.

Big Ten

Matt Wallner

Fr.

Southern Miss.

Conference USA

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