MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released the list of semifinalists for the 2014 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, and Washington's Tyler Davis is among the 35 players on the list.
The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.
Davis, a junior right-handed pitcher from Mountain View, Calif., is 10-1 on the season with a 1.77 ERA. He is tied for the Pac-12 lead in wins and third in ERA.
Davis has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the nation and is on the Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List and Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year watch list.
This is the 28th year of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 5. The 2014 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the fourth year. The winner will be unveiled on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. CT, the opening day of the 2014 CWS.
The candidates hail from 17 different conferences and 28 different schools. The Southeastern Conference leads the way with six semifinalists, followed by the Big West with five, Atlantic Coast, Ohio Valley and Pac-12 with three and Missouri Valley, Sun Belt and West Coast Conferences with two. Every position on the diamond is represented, including 10 starting pitchers, five second basemen, four outfielders, three catchers, three relief pitchers, three utility players, two third basemen, three shortstops and two designated hitters, among this diversified group.
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 of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
2014 DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Pos. Name, School
Caleb Adams, OF, Louisiana-Lafayette
Will Allen, C, Ole Miss
Austin Anderson, 3B, Ole Miss
Casey Bloomquist, SP, Cal Poly
Dylan Bosheers, SS, Tennessee Tech
Aaron Brown, UTL, Pepperdine
Walker Buehler, SP, Vanderbilt
Michael Cederoth, RP, San Diego State
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
Jace Conrad, 2B, Louisiana-Lafayette
Andrew Daniel, 2B, San Diego
Tyler Davis, SP, Washington
Paul DeJong, 2B, Illinois State
Brandon Finnegan, SP, TCU
Blake Fox, SP, Rice
Derek Gibson, DH, Southeast Missouri State
Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State
Mackenzie Handel, DH, Stephen F. Austin
Matt Imhoff, SP, Cal Poly
Michael Katz, OF, William & Mary
Nathan Kirby, SP, Virginia
Mark Mathias, 2B, Cal Poly
Daniel Miles, SS, Tennessee Tech
Sam Moore, RP, UC Irvine
Andrew Morales, SP, UC Irvine
Aaron Nola, SP, LSU
Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
A.J. Reed, UTL, Kentucky
Michael Russell, SS, North Carolina
Joe Seddon, RP, South Carolina
Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana
Ryan Seiz, 2B, Liberty
D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State
Cole Sturgeon, UTL, Louisville
Ben Wetzler, SP, Oregon State