Burgess Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
April 19, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. - Missouri State freshman pitcher Tyler Burgess was one of 45 players named to the midseason watch list for the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.
Burgess's nomination gives the Bears their second addition to one of the NCBWA's 2012 awards watch lists, as catcher Luke Voit was named to the organization's Johnny Bench Award Watch List in March. Additionally, Burgess becomes the second MSU closer in as many years to be cited for the Stopper of the Year watch list following Dan Kickham's selection a year ago.
Burgess, who leads the Missouri Valley Conference with eight saves on the season, was one of just three Division I freshman selected for the list. The Webb City, Mo., product has already claimed the Missouri State freshman saves record and needs just one more save to climb into a tie with Chris Krawczyk (2006) for third on the Bears' single-season chart. Burgess brings a 3-0 record and 1.21 ERA over 14 outings into play this weekend, after becoming the first MSU pitcher on record to register either a win or save in his first seven outings as a Bear.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relation contacts and more than 90 nominations were received. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 6, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2012 College World Series.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia's Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State's Addison Reed grabbing the honor in 2009, Texas' Chance Ruffin earning the honor in 2010 and Texas freshman Corey Knebel winning it last season.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.
Missouri State (27-11, 6-2 MVC) will begin a three-game conference road series Friday (April 20) at Wichita State (23-17, 5-4 MVC).
2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List