The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, is presented annually to honor the nation's most outstanding shortstop. It is a tribute to Brooks Wallace, a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977-80 who passed away at age 27 after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Prior to 2009, the award recognized the national player of the year.
Brad Miller, named First-Team All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, was also the Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Drafted 62nd overall by the Seattle Mariners, he batted .395 with an on-base percentage of .498. Miller receives award » | Miller on award »
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Jedd Gyorko was tabbed a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, finishing the 2010 campaign with a .381 batting average, a school-record 19 home runs, 57 RBIs, 28 doubles, 90 base hits, 71 runs scored and 177 total bases. Video »
Ben Orloff, a senior from Simi Valley (Calif.) High School, hit .358 with a team-high 91 hits and 62 runs scored. He started all 60 games while leading the Anteaters to a 45-15 record, including a 22-2 Big West record and conference championship. He had 18 stolen bases, 176 assists against just seven errors and .976 fielding percentage. Video »
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Buster Posey was among the top 10 in seven NCAA individual statistical categories in 2008 with a .463 batting average, 89 runs and 93 RBIs. He posted a .879 slugging percentage, .566 OBP and just eight errors in 68 games and 483 chances for a .983 fielding percentage.
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David Price, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., led the SEC in five different pitching categories and helped the Commodores to a school-best 54-13 season. He closed the year at 11-1 overall with 194 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings pitched, going undefeated in his 17 starts.
Brad Lincoln, a 2006 consensus First-Team All-American, emerged as one of the nation's finest all-around players by compiling a sparkling 12-2 record with a 1.69 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings. He also hit .295 with 14 home runs and a team-leading 53 RBIs at the plate.
Alex Gordon started all 72 games in 2005, leading the Cornhuskers to a school-record 57 wins and the school's third College World Series appearance in five years. The third baseman hit .372 with 19 home runs and 66 RBIs. He also hit 22 doubles, stole 23 bases in 26 attempts, and slugged .715.
Maui native Kurt Suzuki hit a staggering .413 with 16 home runs and 87 RBIs in 2004, ending his Titans career in storybook fashion by knocking in the game-winning run in the College World Series finale over Texas go give Fullerton its fourth national championship.
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