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2014 National Pitcher of the Year Watch List

National Pitcher of the Year

LUBBOCK, Texas — For a pitcher, there’s not much better than zeros, and several of the 47 pitchers on the first watch list for the 2014 Pitcher of the Year Award feature that magic number in their statistical lines.

The Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented during the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

Two pitchers, Louisville’s Nick Burdi and Samford’s Andres Gracia, have 0.00 ERAs. Burdi, a junior right-hander, is 2-1 in 16 appearances, with eight saves and 34 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings pitched. Garcia, also a junior right-hander, is 2-0 in 22 appearances, with 11 saves and 25 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.

“Two month into the season and still having a 0.00 ERA is pretty impressive,” said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. “All of these pitchers have impressive statistics, and we’re pleased to be able to recognize that.”

Caly Poly’s Matt Imhof, a junior left-handed pitcher, has 97 strikeouts and only 26 walks in 67 1/3 innings. He’s 8-2 with a 1.87 ERA.

In addition to standout individual statistics, several schools have multiple representatives on the watch list, including Pepperdine with three.

“Three players on the watch list from the same school is pretty remarkable,” said Chris Snead, award co-chair. “It definitely says something about the caliber of that staff. It will be interesting to see how the numbers shape up as we progress through the regular season and the postseason.”

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Pitcher of the Year Watch List:

Gage Smith Florida State ACC
Bryan Garcia Miami ACC
Nick Howard Virginia ACC
Nathan Kirby Virginia ACC
Nick Burdi Louisville American Athletic
Michael Murray Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun
Brendan McCurry Oklahoma State Big 12
Vince Wheeland Oklahoma State Big 12
Brandon Finnegan TCU Big 12
Nathan Thornhill Texas Big 12
Josh Prevost Seton Hall Big East
Trey Lambert Liberty Big South
Ryan Thompson Campbell Big South
Casey Bloomquist Cal Poly Big West
Matt Imhof Cal Poly Big West
Thomas Eshelman Cal State Fullerton Big West
Sam Moore UC Irvine Big West
Andrew Morales UC Irvine Big West
Chase Mallard Alabama-Birmingham Conference USA
Brett Mabry East Carolina Conference USA
Ryan Williams East Carolina Conference USA
Mike Franco Florida International Conference USA
Christopher Mourelle Florida International Conference USA
Blake Fox Rice Conference USA
Kyle Freeland Evansville Missouri Valley
Michael Cederoth San Diego State Mountain West
Jeff Gold Oregon Pac-12
Jace Fry Oregon State Pac-12
Ben Wetzler Oregon State Pac-12
David Berg UCLA Pac-12
Tyler Davis Washington Pac-12
Thomas Burrows Alabama SEC
Danny Young Florida SEC
Aaron Nola LSU SEC
Chris Ellis Ole Miss SEC
Christian Trent Ole Miss SEC
Joel Seddon South Carolina SEC
Jack Wynkoop South Carolina SEC
Andy Cox Tennessee SEC
Walker Buehler Vanderbilt SEC
Andres Garcia Samford Southern
Carson Baranik Louisiana Lafayette Sun Belt
Ryan Wilson Louisiana Lafayette Sun Belt
Sam Street UT-Pan American WAC
Aaron Brown Pepperdine West Coast
Eric Karch Pepperdine West Coast
Corey Miller Pepperdine West Coast
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