OMAHA, Neb. – Florida junior right-hander Brady Singer is the 32nd recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by The Game Headwear, as college baseball's Player of the Year. The announcement was made on Friday morning live on MLB Network.
Singer is the second Florida player to win the award, following Mike Zunino in 2012.
After an outstanding junior season, Singer is a consensus First Team All-American and has been named the Player of the Year by Baseball America and D1Baseball this season. He was also named the 2018 SEC Pitcher of the Year by the league's coaches.
Brady Singer and @GatorsBB are looking to repeat history this month by earning the program's 2nd national championship & Golden Spikes Award.— Golden Spikes Award (@USAGoldenSpikes) June 14, 2018
He enters Omaha with a 12-1 record, 2.30 ERA, 107 Ks and has held batters to a .187 average this season. pic.twitter.com/hIsJFbeIb8
The native of Eustis, Fla., took over as the Gators ace in 2018 and was dominant. He holds a 12-1 record entering the 2018 College World Series. Singer ranks first in the SEC in earned run average (2.30) and opposing batting average (.187). His 12 wins are tied for the third-most in the nation.
Singer has a 23-8 overall record with a 3.15 ERA. He ranks seventh in school history with 274 strikeouts. He was selected 18th overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Singer is the third Gator to claim national athlete honors for 2017-18. Volleyball player Rhamat Alhassan won the Honda Award in the fall and Caeleb Dressel won the 2018 CSCAA Swimmer of the Year award.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and Major League player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
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