DALLAS – Six ACC baseball players have been named semifinalists for the 2017 Dick Howser Trophy, the most from any conference. The award, given by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.
Included on the list of 25 semifinalists are Clemson’s Seth Beer, Louisville’s Drew Ellis and Brendan McKay, North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas, Virginia’s Adam Haseley, and Wake Forest’s Stuart Fairchild.
Former ACC players have won the award seven times: Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Mark Teixeira, 1B, Georgia Tech, 2000; Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; and Seth Beer, OF, Clemson, 2016.
This is the 31st year of the Dick Howser Trophy. The finalists will be announced on Friday, June 9. The 2017 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the seventh year. The winner will be unveiled on MLB Network on Friday, June 16 and then a press conference with the winner will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. (CDT), the opening day of the 2017 CWS.
The Dick Howser Trophy, 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.