NCBWA names ‘Stopper’ Watch List
|2009||Addison Reed||San Diego State|
|2007||Luke Prihoda||Sam Houston State|
|2005||J. Brent Cox||Texas|
Forty-five players have been named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball.
Portland's Chris Dennis, a finalist last year for the Stopper of the Year Award, headlines the list of preseason nominees for the 2011 award. Last season, Dennis collected 14 saves and went 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched.
Also on the list are Mike McGee from Florida State and Collin Cargill from Southern Miss. McGee, who helped the Seminoles to the College World Series, had 13 saves and a 2.96 ERA a year ago, while Cargill had nine saves and a 1.75 ERA.
The Big 12, SEC and Conference USA led the way with four players each on this year's watch list. The Big 10, Atlantic 10 and Atlantic Sun each have three pitchers on the list.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 18, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released June 1, prior to start of regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee then will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced in Omaha on June 18, the opening day of the CWS.
|James Allen||Kansas State||Junior|
|Collin Cargill||Southern Miss||Senior|
|Andrew Chafin||Kent State||Sophomore|
|Pat Christensen||La Salle||Sophomore|
|Rye Davis||Western Kentucky||Junior|
|Brett Huber||Ole Miss||Sophomore|
|Mitchell Lambson||Arizona State||Junior|
|Gardner Leaver||Rhode Island||Senior|
|Kenny Long||Illinois State||Junior|
|Mike McGee||Florida State||Senior|
|Andy Mee||Florida Atlantic||Senior|
|Jake Morgan||Ole Miss||Junior|
|Matt Price||South Carolina||Sophomore|
|Ryne Purcell||Eastern Kentucky||Senior|
|Nick Ramirez||Cal State Fullerton||Junior|
|Chad Sheppard||Northwestern State||Junior|
|Seth Simmons||East Carolina||Senior|
|Trever Vermeulen||South Dakota State||Senior|
|Jack Wagoner||Florida Gulf Coast||Senior|
|Jason West||Stephen F. Austin||Junior|