NCBWA names 2022 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The Dick Howser Trophy Committee, in conjunction with the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has released the list of semifinalists for the 2022 Dick Howser Trophy. The most prestigious award in college baseball is given to the top player based on two rounds of national voting.

Balloting was done by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, in conjunction with the Dick Howser Trophy Committee and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

This is the 35th year of the Dick Howser Trophy. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 9. After not announcing the winner in Omaha the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 award will be presented at Charles Schwab Field in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the 10th year. The winner will be unveiled on MLB Network on Friday, June 17, in the 9 a.m. (CDT) hour, before a press conference with the winner will be held at 10 a.m., the opening day just prior to the first game of the 75th NCAA College World Series.

This year’s 40 candidates hail from 13 different conferences and 28 different schools. The Southeastern Conference led with 10 semifinalists, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with nine, the Big-12 with six, Conference USA and the Pac-12 with three, Big West with two and the Atlantic 10, Big South, Big Ten, Southland, Southwestern, Sunbelt and West Coast Conference each with one representative. Tennessee was represented with four semifinalists on the list and Cal Poly, LSU, Miami, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech each had two to lead the way. Every position on the diamond is represented, including 13 starting pitchers, nine outfielders, four first and third basemen, three catchers, three shortstops and a second baseman, a relief pitcher, a designated hitter and a utility player.

Drew Beam, SP, TennesseeJake Gelof, 3B, VirginiaShemar Page, UT, Grambling
Jacob Berry, 3B, LSUTanner Hall, SP, Southern MissKevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
Enrique Bradford Jr., OF, VanderbiltThomas Harrington, SP, CampbellRyan Ramsey, SP, Maryland
Jonathan Brand, SP, MiamiCooper Hjerpe, SP, Oregon StateTommy Sacco, SS, TCU
Chase Burns, SP, TennesseeGabriel Hughes, SP, GonzagaTanner Schobel, SS, Virginia Tech
Justin Campbell, SP, Oklahoma StateJack Hurley, OF, Virginia TechDalton Shuffield, OF, Texas State
Jonathan Cannon, SP, GeorgiaJace Jung, 2B, Texas TechMurphy Stehly, OF, Texas
Michael Carico, 1B, DavidsonDominic Keegan, C, VanderbiltDaniel Susac, C, Arizona
Carlos Contreras, OF, Sam Houston StateBrooks Lee, SS, Cal PolyJake Thompson, OF, Oklahoma State
Matt Coutney, 1B, Old DominionTrey Lipscomb, 3B, TennesseeDrew Thorpe, SP, Cal Poly
Dylan Crews, OF, LSUIvan Melendez, 1B, TexasMax Wagner, 3B, Clemson
Sonny DiChiara, 1B, AuburnJacob Melton, OF, Oregon StateAndrew Walters, RP, Miami
Chase Dollander, SP, TennesseeParker Messick, SP, Florida StateTommy White, DH, NC State
Andy Garriola, OF, Old Dominion  

The Dick Howser Trophy, presented by The Game Headwear, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979, after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

“The Dick Howser Trophy was founded shortly after his death by a few friends of Dick’s in the St. Petersburg Area who played, coached and worked with him,” said David Feaster, chairman of the Howser Trophy Committee. “All knew him personally and were aware of him as a tremendous player, coach and friend. The award was initially awarded at the Governors Baseball Dinner held each spring in St. Petersburg to welcome Spring Training to Florida, and as time progressed, we moved the presentation to Omaha, the center of college baseball, during the World Series. I have been involved with the award for more than 30 years and have loved every minute of my involvement. I have had the opportunity to meet some great college players as well as some great young men. I am so proud of the character quality we have in our award, which makes it unique. I am also proud of our selection process by the NCBWA which is the most democratic of any award and provides a true national scope.

“The Dick Howser Trophy is 35 years old and continues to increase in prominence and the scope of its reach increases exponentially each year,” added Feaster. “It is a true testimony to Dick Howser’s ability as a player, coach and gentlemen. I am proud to be associated with it.”

The winner's name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze bust of Howser displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg - home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Both the winner and his school receive a special trophy to keep.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport's only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, P/DH, Houston, 2006; David Price, P, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State, 2009; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice, 2010; Taylor Jungmann, P, Texas, 2011; Mike Zunino, C, Florida, 2012; Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego, 2013; A.J. Reed, P/1B, Kentucky, 2014; Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas, 2015; Seth Beer, OF, Clemson, 2016, Brendan McKay, P/1B, Louisville, 2017, Brady Singer, SP, Florida, in 2018, Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon in 2019 and Kevin Kopps, RP, Arkansas in 2021.