May 1, 2009
ATLANTA – Yellow Jacket sophomore Deck McGuire has been named to the initial watch list for the 2009 National Pitcher of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno announced this week.
McGuire enters tonight’s game with a 7-0 record this season and a 15-1 career record since his arrival on the Flats a year ago. The Richmond, Va., native currently leads the ACC with 78 strikeouts and has a 2.78 ERA in his first year as Tech’s Friday starter.
The Pitcher of the Year will be honored during the College Baseball Awards Show on July 2 in Lubbock.
“We are excited to have this new award as part of our presentation in July,” said Raymond Richardson, College Baseball Awards Show chair and CBF board member. “To have the chance to specifically recognize the greatest pitching talent in college baseball is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.
Three conferences outpace the others in representation with the Big 12, ACC and SEC claiming a combined total of 21 pitchers. Two schools – Arizona State and Texas – each have three pitchers appearing on the list.
“These conferences and schools are traditional baseball powers,” said Landon Holly, Pitcher of the Year Award chair. “But, while we want to recognize their accomplishments, we are also making sure deserving pitchers from the smaller schools and conferences are represented.”
The College Baseball Awards Show will recognize the top players in college baseball as part of the CBF’s annual celebration, which also includes the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In addition to the Brooks Wallace Award, other awards presented during the show will include the Dick Howser Trophy for the national player of the year, and the National Pitcher of the Year Award.