McGuire, Dietrich Named to Watch Lists by Collegiate Baseball Foundation

March 23, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas – Georgia Tech junior Deck McGuire has been named to the initial watch list for the 2010 National Pitcher of the Year, and junior shortstop Derek Dietrich to the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, the College Baseball Foundation announced Tuesday.

McGuire currently owns a 3-1 record with a 1.15 ERA, and has 39 strikeouts in 39.0 innings on the 2010 season. The Richmond, Va. native owns a career record of 22-4, and was named an All-American and ACC Pitcher of the year in 2009.

All of the major conferences across the country have multiple representatives on the list, with the Pac 10 leading with nine. Many of the smaller conferences also have representation on the list.

This the second year the CBF will present the Pitcher of the Year Award, and McGuire is the lone returning finalist from 2009 to appear on the 2010 list.

The Pitcher of the Year Award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2 as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.

“This watch list is full of great pitchers from across the country,” said Landon Holly, who together with Justin Knowles serve as a co-chairs for the Pitcher of the Year committee. “We worked closely with the College Baseball Blog to make sure we could create a list that was as comprehensive as possible. There are some truly impressive pitchers on this list.”

Dietrich is named to the initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award for the second-consecutive season, after being named a semifinalist in 2009.

The Parma, Ohio native has started 138 consecutive games since his arrival on the Flats in 2008, and owns a career .319 batting average. He is hitting .303 with four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 16 RBI on the 2010 season. He has also stolen four bases on the year.

The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will also be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas.

Wallace Award committee co-chairs Kevin Dunagan and Tyler Young worked closely with the staff at the College Baseball Blog to ensure the best Division I shortstops were included.

“There are players on the list with some very impressive statistics,” Dunagan said. “The College Baseball Blog was very helpful in making sure that we found the outstanding candidates regardless of school or conference.”

The ACC and SEC lead all conferences with five players each on the watch list. The Atlantic Sun Conference features four players on the list.

The College Baseball Awards Show is part of a nearly weeklong schedule of festivities sponsored by the College Baseball Foundation. The events also include the induction ceremony for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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