OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – Two standouts who led their teams
to the 2011 NCAA World Series and the Pacific-10 Conference season
strikeout record-holder have been named as finalists for the 2011
Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations in balloting
by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in
conjunction with the College Baseball Foundation, the Dick
Howser Trophy committee and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of
UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer, Virginia P-DH Danny Hultzen
and Texas pitcher Taylor Jungmann are the finalists for the
prestigious 25th annual awarding of the Howser Trophy.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 21, at a 10 a.m.
(CDT) national news conference at TD Ameritrade Park – the first-year
home of the 65th annual NCAA World Series.
Each finalist embodies the major principles of character, leadership,
desire, and competitive spirit exhibited by Dick Howser, the All-America
shortstop and later head coach at Florida State before managing
the Kansas City Royals to the world championship in 1985. He also
is the namesake for Dick Howser Stadium at FSU.
Bauer, a fireballing junior from Valencia, Calif., capped his
UCLA career in 2011 as the third player chosen in the Major League
Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also struck out a
Pacific-10 Conference-record 203 batters in 136-plus innings while
walking only 36 hitters to lead the nation in whiffs. The Bruins’
standout also garnered Collegiate Baseball magazine National Player
of the Year honors while being chosen as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.
He ended the season at 13-2 with nine consecutive victories, a 1.25
earned run average and pitched UCLA into the host’s role for the
2011 NCAA Los Angeles Regional.
Jungmann, a junior from Georgetown, Texas, near Austin, brought
the Longhorns back to the 2011 NCAA World Series with a 13-2 mark,
five complete games, three route-going shutouts (five combined),
a 1.38 ERA, 32 walks issued, and 123 strikeouts. He was the Big
12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, helped UT to a 49-17 mark prior
to Saturday’s opener in the CWS against Florida, had 18 appearances
with 17 starts, and allowed opponents a batting average of .164.
The consensus All-America selection was chosen 12th overall in the
2011 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hultzen, a junior lefthander with sterling hitting and pitching
credentials as a P-DH-1B from Bethesda, Md., also enjoyed a season
to remember as the ace of the Cavaliers’ staff. He led the team
to a nation-wins-best 54-10 record prior to the NCAA World Series
and was the winning pitcher in the 2011 Charlottesville Super regional
against talented UC Irvine.
One of the top candidates and a finalist for the College Baseball
Foundation’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, he was
the second student-athlete selected in the ’11 draft (taken by the
Seattle Mariners) while posting a 12-3 pitching record with a 1.49
ERA in 16 starts, 108 2/3 innings, 151 strikeouts, and a mere 20
baseson- balls allowed. The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Player
of the Year also started 36 games as a DH or in the field with a
.320 batting average, 10 doubles, one homer, and 35 RBI.
Voting for the Dick Howser Trophy has been conducted by the NCBWA
membership since 1999 after the American Baseball Coaches Association
selected the recipient from 1987-1998. The NCBWA also selects the
Stopper of the Year, the Division I National Coach of the Year and
National Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year, along with NCAA
Division II and III All-America teams, Players and Coaches of the
The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's
death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami,
1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas,
1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990;
Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick,
Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton,
Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida
State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, P, Baylor,
1999; Mark Teixeira, 1B, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC,
2001; Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern
U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon,
3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, P, Houston, 2006; David Price,
P, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; Stephen
Strasburg, P, San Diego State, 2009; and Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice,
2011 Dick Howser Trophy:
• Thurs., Feb. 17: Dick Howser Trophy celebrates
• Fri., May 20: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists
• Thurs., June 16: Dick Howser Trophy finalists announced
• Tues., June 21: Dick Howser Trophy winner announced
• More on the Dick Howser Trophy
• Official site (dickhowsertrophy.com)