DALLAS (NCBWA) – Nine of college baseball’s finest student-athletes
have been named 2007 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of
America District Players of the Year, as the NCBWA announced
its eighth annual awards today.
The 2007 NCBWA District Players of the Year include junior shortstop
Derek Shunk (Villanova), junior shortstop Todd Frazier
(Rutgers), junior left-handed pitcher David Price (Vanderbilt),
freshman first baseman Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), sophomore
pitcher/designated hitter Zach Putnam (Michigan), senior
second baseman Tyler Mach (Oklahoma State), sophomore outfielder
Kyle Russell (Texas), junior second baseman Jordan Pacheco
(New Mexico) and sophomore first baseman Brett Wallace (Arizona
Price is one of the four finalists for the prestigious Dick Howser
Trophy, which will be presented in a national news conference on
Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. (CDT) on the 22nd Floor of the Omaha
Press Club prior the start of the 2007 NCAA World Series. The Dick
Howser Trophy is presented by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Area Chamber
of Commerce in conjunction with the NCBWA.
Shunk earns the 2007 NCBWA District I Player of the Year honor
after leading Villanova to the Big East Championship tournament
for the first time since 1997. Shunk led the team offensively for
the entire season, batting .357 with a .444 on-base percentage and
a .471 slugging percentage. He collected 75 hits and also led the
team with 49 runs scored, 12 doubles and 29 walks. Shunk also executed
an unassisted triple play in a game.
Shunk was named a Player of the Year and also was voted as the
All-Big Five shortstop along with Ryan Weber from Temple. During
the 2007 season, Shunk recorded his 200th career hit and moved into
eighth place in school history with 205 career hits. He had a 12-game
hitting streak early in the season during which he batted .558 (29-for-52)
and was named Big East Player of the Week on March 12. Shunk was
also a third team All-Big East selection and ranked among the league's
top-10 in batting average.
Frazier was named the 2007 NCBWA District II Player of the Year
after painting himself throughout the Rutgers record book, finishing
in the top-six in every single-season offensive category, excluding
triples. Frazier broke the Rutgers single-season record for home
runs (22), home runs by a leadoff hitter (22), runs scored (87),
walks (62), doubles (24) and total bases (187), all set this season.
He also finished second in slugging percentage (.757), second in
at bats (247), tied for third in runs batted in (65), fifth in hits
(93), and tied for sixth in stolen bases (25).
Frazier has also placed himself on several Rutgers career record
charts through just three seasons. He is the Scarlet Knights all-time
leader in home runs (42) and runs scored (210), is second in walks
(138) and total bases (434), and third in hits (241), slugging percentage
(.625) and stolen bases (65), and fifth in runs batted in (152).
Frazier, who played with the USA Baseball National Team last summer,
finished among the national leaders in home runs, walks and runs
scored this season.
Price was named the 2007 NCBWA District III Player of the Year
after leading the nation with 194 strikeouts. The 2007 Southeastern
Conference Pitcher of the Year led the Vanderbilt Commodores to
the 2007 SEC regular-season title and SEC Tournament championship.
It was Vandy’s first SEC Championship since 1980. Vanderbilt, which
spent the majority of the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the
country, also became the first team since Alabama in 1996 to win
both the SEC regular-season and SEC Tournament championship.
Price, the No. 1 overall selection in Thursday’s MLB Draft by
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, finished the year with an 11-1 record
and 2.63 ERA. Price’s 194 strikeouts rank second all-time in SEC
lore behind former LSU hurler and Baltimore Orioles’ No. 1 pick
Ben McDonald, who tallied 202 strikeouts for the Tigers in 1989.
A three-time All-American at Vanderbilt, Price was named the 2007
Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year and is one of five
Vandy players on the All-American team. Price was third-team All-America
pick in 2006 as a sophomore and was named to the Freshman All-America
team in 2005.
Ackley was the 2007 NCBWA District IV Player of the Year, adding
to an already long list of honors for the Tar Heels' top hitter.
He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and a
First-Team All-ACC selection.
A third-team All-America pick, Ackley is the first Tar Heel since
Brian Roberts (1997) to earn national rookie honors. He was also
named the 2007 National Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball
newspaper. Ackley is hitting .427 with Carolina freshman records
of 109 hits and 65 RBI in 63 starts heading into this weekend’s
NCAA Super Regional matchup with South Carolina. The Tar Heels are
the No. 3 national seed in the tournament. He also leads UNC in
doubles (19), slugging (.608), on-base percentage (.465) and stolen
bases (10). He was a two-time ACC Player of the Week in 2007.
Putnam was named the 2007 NCBWA District V Player of the Year
after leading the Wolverines to the Big Ten Championship. The sophomore
also played a key role in Michigan’s two wins over No. 1 ranked
Vanderbilt last weekend in the NCAA Nashville Regional that propelled
the Wolverines into the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time.
Putnam is the first player in Big Ten history to be named to
the first team all-league at two positions in the same season. He
hit .341 with eight home runs and 59 RBI. On the mound, Putnam went
8-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 games. He is one of four U-M players to
be named First-Team All-Big Ten Conference, marking the fifth time
since 1949 the Wolverines have had four first-team honorees. Putnam,
who leads the Big Ten in RBI and ranks second in strikeouts, received
his second All-Big Ten selection of his career. Putnam was a second
team pick a year ago as a starting pitcher.
Mach was the 2007 NCBWA District VI Player of the Year after
leading the Cowboys to an NCAA Regional win over No. 7 national
seed Arkansas last weekend in Fayetteville. Mach was one of three
Cowboys named to the 2007 First-Team All-Big 12 team, marking the
first time since 2003 OSU had as many selections. Mach, the 2006
Big 12 Conference Co-Player and Newcomer of the Year, was named
All-Big 12 for the second-straight year. The senior is batting .401
with 15 home runs and 81 RBI. He leads the Big 12 with 99 hits and
Russell was named the 2007 NCBWA District VII Player of the Year
after swatting an NCAA-leading and Texas record 27 home runs this
year. He leads the nation with 27 home runs and ranks second with
an .825 slugging percentage. Russell was named the Big 12 Player
of the Year and garnered first-team All-Big 12 recognition. He earned
Big 12 Player of the Week honors twice in 2007 and smashed the Texas
single-season home run record which was previously 20. He hit .341
with 65 runs scored, 11 doubles, five triples, and nine stolen bases
on the year.
Pacheco was named the 2007 NCBWA District VIII Player of the
Year after hitting a team-best .397 with 63 runs, 87 hits, 21 doubles,
two triples, five home runs, 50 RBI, 43 walks and seven stolen bases.
He was also named the 2007 Mountain West Conference Player of the
Year. Pacheco led the conference in on base percentage (.511), runs,
doubles and walks. He also ranked 12th in the nation in batting
average, 17th in runs, 23rd in walks and 40th in doubles. The last
time Pacheco made the all-American team was as a freshman, placing
on the third team and all-freshman team. He is a three-time all-MWC
Wallace was named the 2007 NCBWA District IX Player of the Year
after leading the Arizona State Sun Devils to the Pac Ten Championship
and a berth in this weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals. The Sun Devils
entered the NCAA at the No. 5 national seed. He is hitting .420
(102-for-243) with 15 home runs and 74 RBI. He has also added 73
runs scored, 16 doubles and five triples. Wallace, who won the Pac
10 regular-season triple crown, is the 12th Sun Devil to earn the
Pac 10 Player of the Year honors.
The group, divided into areas as follows: District I-Maine, Vermont,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania; District
II: Connecticut, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware,
District of Columbia; III: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama,
Florida; IV: Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Maryland; V: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin;
VI: Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South
Dakota; VII: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana; VIII: Wyoming, Utah, Idaho,
New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Montana; District IX: California,
Oregon, Washington, Hawai'i, Arizona, Alaska.
2007 NCBWA DIVISION I DISTRICT PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
||Toms River, N.J.
West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, District
Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
||Walnut Cove, N.C.
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland
||Ann Arbor, Mich.
Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Montana
California, Oregon, Washington, Hawai'i, Arizona, Alaska
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