K-States Austin Fisher (GF 2013) dives for a ground ball against Texas Tech at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 7, 2013. Photo courtesy Scott Weaver/ScottWeaverPhotos.wordpress.com
Four Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League players have made the initial watch list for the 2013 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. The initial watch list of just 27 Division I shortstops includes Kansas State’s Austin Fisher (Glens Falls 2013), Louisville’s Sutton Whiting (Oneonta 2012), Tennessee Tech’s Dylan Bosheers (Glens Falls 2012) and Texas A&M’s Mikey Reynolds (Mohawk Valley 2011). The full list can be viewed here.
The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, is given to the nation’s top shortstop. The award winner will be revealed on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas at the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
Austin Fisher (Glens Falls 2013) is a sophomore shortstop at Kansas State University. Fisher is the lone Big XII representative on the Wallace watch list. The sophomore, in his first year as a full-time starter, has appeared in all 41 Kansas State games and has made 40 starts. Heading into Wednesday’s action, Fisher is batting .343 with 49 hits, 27 runs scored, 26 runs batted in, a .503 slugging percentage and a .414 on-base percentage. His 26 RBI are tied for second on the team. Against Big XII opponents, Fisher’s batting average is .422 which is ranked fourth among all conference hitters. The Lenexa, Kan. Native is averaging over a hit per game played and he has at least one hit in 34 of 41 K-State games. Fisher currently holds a six-game hitting streak which includes a pair of three-hit performances versus Wichita State (Apr. 16) and Oklahoma State (Apr. 21). Defensively, he is second among K-State infielders with 118 assists. Fisher forms a K-State double-play combination with 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year Ross Kivett (Glens Falls 2012). Austin has signed with the PGCBL’s Glens Falls Golden Eagles for the 2013 season.
Sutton Whiting (Oneonta 2012) is a sophomore shortstop at the University of Louisville. Whiting, in his first year as a full-time starter, is the lone BIG EAST player on the Wallace watch list. Whiting appeared in just 20 games for the Cardinals last year and was primarily utilized as a pinch runner; this spring he has played in all but one game and made 37 starts at shortstop. The sophomore has helped the nationally-ranked Cardinals to a 30-10 start. Following Tuesday night’s Louisville contest with nationally-ranked Vanderbilt, Whiting is batting .333 with 42 hits, 26 runs scored, 22 runs batted in, 15 stolen bases and a .411 on-base percentage. He is third among all Louisville swingers in batting average and stolen bases and fourth in runs batted in. Against BIG EAST opponents, Whiting is hitting .325. The New Wilmington, Pa., native has racked up 13 multi-hit games; that total includes back-to-back games with two hits against BIG EAST foe St. John’s on April 20 and 21. Defensively, Whiting is second among all Louisville fielders with 95 assists. Last summer, Sutton played for the PGCBL’s Oneonta Outlaws. He batted .260 over 35 games with the Outlaws.
Dylan Bosheers (Glens Falls 2012) is a sophomore shortstop at Tennessee Tech. Bosheers one of two Ohio Valley Conference players on the Wallace watch list. The sophomore has played and started all 41 Tennessee Tech games this season. He is currently batting .305 with 47 hits, 33 runs batted in, 24 runs scored, 15 doubles, 14 walks and five home runs. Bosheers is tied for 28th nationally in overall doubles. The Lawrenceburg, Tenn., native has posted multiple hits in a game 14 times this season. Bosheers was one of the catalysts in Tennessee Tech’s recent upset win over second nationally-ranked Vanderbilt on April 16. He went 3-for-5 and scored three times in a 10-9 victory in Nashville. Defensively, the TTU sophomore has been tremendous in the field with a .975 fielding percentage and a team high 109 assists. He has committed just four errors in 158 total chances. Dylan played briefly for the PGCBL’s Glens Falls Golden Eagles last summer. He scored four runs in five starts and socked three hits.
Mikey Reynolds (Mohawk Valley 2011) is a senior shortstop at Texas A&M University. Reynolds, a two-year starter for the Aggies, is one of five shortstops from the Southeastern Conference on the Wallace watch list. Reynolds is among the top hitters in the SEC and NCAA Division I. Through Tuesday night’s games, Reynolds is batting .399 with 57 hits, 26 runs scored, 15 walks, 12 stolen bases and a .461 on-base percentage. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 40-straight games which is the second-longest active on-base streak in Division I. Earlier this season, Reynolds recorded a career best 22-game hitting streak. In the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, Reynolds was ranked 21st nationally in Division I in batting average. Defensively, the Texas A&M shortstop leads the Aggies with 101 assists.