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Posts Tagged ‘Chris Sale of Florida Gulf Coast.’

Bryce Harper wins the Golden Spikes Award

compiled from staff, wire and NCAA reports

MLB number 1 draft choice Bryce Harper has won the Golden Spikes Award, given to the country’s top amateur baseball player.

Harper banged out a school-record 31 home runs and batted .443 with 98 RBI’s as a freshman at the College of Southern Nevada. The 17-year-old catcher left high school two years early and enrolled in junior college to become draft eligible early.

Bryce Harper Nationals catcher (Southern Nevada photo)

The Washington Nationals selected him first.

Harper is the second junior college player to win the award. Alex Fernandez did it in 1990. They are the only two non-NCAA Division I players to get the award.

The other finalists were Central Florida outfielder Chris Duffy; Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, Mississippi left-hander Drew Pomeranz and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale.

Alex Wimmers named National Pitcher of the Year

info courtesy of Ohio State

Alex Wimmers has been chosen as the best pitcher in college baseball for the 2010 season. Ohio State’s junior All-American, who had a 9-0 record and a 1.61 earned run average this season, was named by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) as its National Pitcher of the Year earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas.

Wimmers, just the second winner of the CBF’s National Pitcher of the Year Award after Stephen Strasburg won it in 2009, was chosen the honor over an all-star lineup of outstanding collegiate pitchers, including finalists Drew Pomerantz, who was 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA this year for Mississippi, and Chris Sale, the Florida Gulf Coast pitcher, who was 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA.

Alex Wimmers Best College Pitcher (OSU)

The 10 semifinalists included Arizona State’s Seth Blair, Cal State Fullerton’s Noe Ramirez, Coastal Carolina’s Anthony Meo, Texas’ Chance Ruffin, Texas A&M’s John Stilson, Virginia’s Danny Hultzen and TCU’s Matt Purke.

Bob Todd, Ohio State’s retiring baseball coach, attended the awards show in support of his ace hurler.

Career-wise Wimmers, who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins, ranks among Ohio State’s all-time Top 5 in four key statistical areas and he is sixth in another. He is fourth at Ohio State in fewest runs allowed (81) and he is fifth in strikeouts (273), fewest earned runs (71) and fewest hits (173). He is also sixth in earned run average (2.94). His 18 career victories rank 23rd. His strikeout total is also good for a 16th place tie all-time in the Big Ten Conference.