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First 2019 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List announced

69 of the best shortstops in college baseball headline the first watch list
April 17, 2019

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A group of 69 of the most talented athletes in Division I college baseball headline the 2019 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced Wednesday.

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A group of 69 of the most talented athletes in Division I college baseball headline the 2019 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced Wednesday.

BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST
NameSchoolConference
Angelo ArmentaSan Diego St.Mountain West
Dustin BaberNorth Carolina A&TMid-Eastern
Jordan BoyerWichita St.AAC
Cameron CannonArizonaPac-12
Patrick CausaMount St. Mary'sNortheast
Zac ChingVCUAtlantic 10
Michael CoritzNavyPatriot
Chris CorneliusMissouriSEC
Logan DavidsonClemsonACC
Cam DevanneyElonColonial
Jack DunnNorthwesternBig Ten
Nate FassnachtGeorge WashingtonAtlantic 10
Ike FreemanNorth CarolinaACC
Tyler FitzgeraldLouisvilleACC
Patrick FrickWake ForestACC
Jack GethingsFairfieldMetro Atlantic
Cade GilbertE Tennessee St.Southern
Chris GivinXavierBig East
Jimmy GlowenkeDallas BaptistMissouri Valley
Ryan GonzalesIncarnate WordSouthland
Nick GrandeStony BrookAmerican East
Cody GrosseSE LouisianaSouthland
Jeff HoughtbySan DiegoWest Coast
Dakota JulyliaJacksonvilleAtlantic Sun
Grae KessingerOle MissSEC
Kyle KrumwiedeOmahaSummit
Cam LocklearLibertyBig South
Nick LoftinBaylorBig 12
Andrew MartinezUC-Santa BarbaraBig West
Ricky MartinezTennesseeSEC
Brady McConnellFloridaSEC
Scott McKeonCoastal CarolinaSun Belt
Ben McNeillNew York TechIndependent
Tanner MorrisVirginiaACC
Joseph OrtizNew Mexico St.WAC
Adam OviedoTCUBig 12
Ethan PaulVanderbiltSEC
Beau PhilipOregon St.Pac-12
Anthony PratoConnecticutAAC
W. ReyesJackson St.SWAC
Caleb RiccaNorthwestern St.Southland
Kolby RobinsonAlabamaSEC
Nick SagaroLoyola MarymountWest Coast
Hayden SchillingNew MexicoMountain West
Trevor SchweckeMilwaukeeHorizon
Cam ShepherdGeorgiaSEC
Braden ShewmakeTexas A&MSEC
Josh SmithLSUSEC
Gus SteigerSouth Dakota St.Summit
Chad StevensPortlandWest Coast
Bryson StottUNLVMountain West
Jimmy TitusBryantNortheast
Luke WaddellGeorgia TechACC
Zavier WarrenCentral MichiganMid-America
Jordan WestburgMississippi St.SEC
Simon WhitemanYaleIvy
Tyler WilberSE MissouriOVC
Will WilsonNorth Carolina St.ACC
Jack WinklerSan FranciscoWest Coast
Taylor YoungLouisiana TechConference USA
Freddy ZamoraMiamiACC
Brandon ZaragozaOklahomaBig 12

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation's top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27.

"It's an exciting time of year as we have started to follow shortstops from all over the country for the Brooks Wallace Award," said award co-chair Larry Wallace. "This first watch list has some big hitters and sweet gloves from both small and large programs across the board. Paring these numbers down for subsequent watch lists will be challenging."

The watch list features some of the most recognizable names in college baseball who either have paced perennial powers or led some relative newcomers to new heights.

The top statistical leader on the list is junior Joseph Ortiz at New Mexico State, who is hitting .424 with four home runs and 53 RBI while fielding at an impressive .986 clip for the Aggies. He has racked up 59 hits in 31 games with 17 doubles, five triples and four home runs.

Will Wilson, a junior at North Carolina State, has the Wolfpack in the Top 25 and battling with Louisville for the lead in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wilson is hitting .352 with nine home run and 38 RBI and has compiled a .982 fielding percentage.

A pair of SEC standouts have emerged for title contenders in Ethan Paul of Vanderbilt and Jordan Westburg of Mississippi State. Paul is hitting .354 with four home runs and 40 RBI to go with a .982 fielding percentage, while Westburg paces the Bulldogs with a .364 average, five home runs and 36 RBI to go with a .926 fielding percentage.

Among the impressive newcomers to the list is Baylor sophomore Nick Loftin, who is driving the Big 12 Conference-leading Bears. He is hitting .392 with 26 RBI and a .930 fielding percentage. Jimmy Titus at Bryant has put together an impressive freshman campaign with a .370 average and seven home runs with 41 RBI and a .931 fielding percentage. On the East Coast, George Washington junior Nate Fassnacht is hitting .423 with seven home runs and 33 RBI and is fielding at a .950 clip.

"Early in the process of selecting our Brooks Wallace Award, there are so many really good shortstops in college baseball at the Division I level," said Tom Quigley, award co-chair. "We catch ourselves wanting to make sure we are all inclusive by having representatives from each and every conference in our initial release."

For more information on the Wallace Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.