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Initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List released
A slew of strong arms comprise the initial watch list of 2017

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Familiar names and a whole host of newcomers dot the initial National Pitcher of the Year Award watch list presented by the College Baseball Foundation.

The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented later this summer by the CBF.

"Once again, just as it has been every year, culling the list of the best pitchers in the country down this far has been a monumental task," said Brian Melakian, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "There are so many top-flight teams this year who possess outstanding arms, that further narrowing the list to semifinalists and finalists in the coming weeks will be extremely difficult."

No. 1-ranked Oregon State has two of the top pitchers on the list, both of whom are undefeated rounding the midpoint of the season. Junior Luke Heimlich has posted a 5-0 record and 0.77 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings. Teammate Jake Thompson, a junior, is 6-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 45 innings.

Several other hurlers, however, have reached the six-win mark. Junior left-hander Steven Gingery leads the Big 12 Conference with a 6-0 record and 1.00 ERA for No. 6-ranked Texas Tech. He has struck out 57 in 54 innings. Also in the Big 12, Jared Janczak is 6-0 with a 1.79 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.

Other pitchers who have reached the six-win mark include Sam Houston State senior Heath Donica (1.47 ERA; 53 SO, 49 IP); Senior left-hander Jared Poche from LSU (2.32 ERA, 33 SO, 50 1/3 IP), Loyola-Marymount junior Cory Abbott (2.45 ERA, 52 SO, 51 1.3 IP), who has thrown a perfect game this season; and Clemson senior ace Pat Krall (3.09 ERA, 36 SO, 46 2/3 IP).

Relievers are also making their mark. Southern Illinois junior Ryan Netemeyer is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 10 saves, striking out 19 in 17 innings. Brian Glowicki of Minnesota, a senior, has 11 saves and 19 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings, and T.J. Sikkema of Missouri, a freshman, is 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA and four saves, striking out 53 in 42 innings.

"Even though we're just past the midpoint of the season, some of these guys have already put up impressive numbers," said Chris Snead, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "Any one of these guys could end up being the award winner by the end of the season. It will be intriguing to see how all these guys progress through the second half of the 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

Cory Abbott

Loyola Marymount

West Coast

Michael Baird

Southern Illinois

Missouri Valley

JB Bukauskas

North Carolina

ACC

Charlie Barnes

Clemson

ACC

Wyatt Burns

Samford

Southern

Chris Castellanos

Stanford

Pac-12

JC Cloney

Arizona

Pac-12

Morgan Cooper

Texas

Big 12

Connor Coward

Virginia Tech

ACC

Alex Cunningham

Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt

Heath Donica

Sam Houston St.

Southland

Alex Faedo

Florida

SEC

Durbin Feltman

TCU

Big 12

Nick Gallagher

Iowa

Big Ten

John Gavin

Cal St. Fullerton

Big West

Lucas Gilbreath

Minnesota

Big Ten

Steven Gingery

Texas Tech

Big 12

Brian Glowicki

Minnesota

Big Ten

Austin Hanson

Oklahoma

Big 12

Adam Haseley

Virginia

ACC

Luke Heimlich

Oregon State

Pac-12

Brigham Hill

Texas A&M

SEC

Jake Hohensee

Nebraska

Big Ten

Tyler Holton

Florida St.

ACC

Jake Irvin

Oklahoma

Big 12

Jared Janczak

TCU

Big 12

Kyle Johnston

Texas

Big 12

James Karinchak

Bryant

Northeast

Nolan Kingham

Texas

Big 12

Blaine Knight

Arkansas

SEC

Jackson Kowar

Florida

SEC

Pat Krall

Clemson

ACC

Davis Martin

Texas Tech

Big 12

James McArthur

Mississippi

SEC

Darren McCaughan

Long Beach

Big West

Kade McClure

Louisville

ACC

Brendan McKay

Louisville

ACC

Matt Mercer

Oregon

Pac-12

Jake Meyers

Nebraska

Big Ten

Casey Mize

Auburn

SEC

Troy Montemayer

Baylor

Big 12

Sean Mooney

St. John's

Big East

Eli Morgan

Gonzaga

West Coast

Jake Mulholland

Oregon State

Pac-12

Joey Murray

Kent State

Mid-American

Ryan Netemeyer

Southern Illinois

Missouri Valley

Glenn Otto

Rice

Conference USA

David Parkinson

Mississippi

SEC

Codie Paiva

Loyola Marymount

West Coast

David Peterson

Oregon

Pac-12

Jared Poche

LSU

SEC

Dominic Purpura

San Diego St.

Mountain West

Clarke Schmidt

South Carolina

SEC

JP Sears

The Citadel

Southern

Brett Seeburger

San Diego St.

Mountain West

Brian Shaffer

Maryland

Big Ten

TJ Sikkema

Missouri

SEC

Brady Singer

Florida

SEC

Trevor Stephen

Arkansas

SEC

Jake Thompson

Oregon State

Pac-12

Keegan Thompson

Auburn

SEC

Alex Troop

Michigan St.

Big Ten

Justin Vernia

Gonzaga

West Coast

Bryan Warzek

New Orleans

Southland

 

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