May 6, 2008
Lubbock, Texas – The field of candidates aiming for the 2008 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award was reduced to 100 as announced by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas. Three student-athletes from Florida State University were named to the revised watch list including junior Buster Posey, sophomore Matt Fairel and freshman Tyler Holt. The Seminoles are just one of five schools in the nation with at least three players named to the list.
Posey currently leads the ACC in six offensive categories including batting average (.464), hits (83), runs scored (62), total bases (148), on-base percentage (.562) and slugging percentage (.827), while ranking in the top 10 in five others. He joins teammate Jack Rye as the only two players in the league with a current batting average over .400. When comparing his offensive numbers nationally, the Leesburg, Ga., native is the only player to rank in the top 10 in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, slugging percentage and total bases. Posey has also had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .983 fielding percentage with 45 starts behind the plate. He is throwing out 43.8 percent of would be base stealers on the year while registering six pick offs. The junior right hander has also made six appearances on the mound and is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities. Posey has struck out six batters and has not allowed a run to score in 5.2 innings of work.
In his first season as a starter, Fairel has made 11 starts and is 8-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He is tied for the league lead in wins while ranking second in innings pitched (71.0) and eighth in ERA. The sophomore southpaw was named ACC Pitcher of the Week after throwing eight dominating innings against Georgia Tech in an 11-2 Florida State victory. He set career-highs in innings pitched (8) and strikeouts (9) in the win over the Yellow Jackets. A native of Winter Haven, Fla., Fairel has worked past the fifth inning in every start this year and has given up two earned runs or less in eight of those starts.
Holt has stepped in nicely as the Seminole leadoff hitter and starting centerfielder in 2008 as he has reached base in every game this season, a span of 47 games. He is currently batting .322 with 59 runs and 12 stolen bases. The Gainesville, Fla., product is tied for third nationally and in the ACC with 47 walks. At one point in the season, Holt drew a walk in 13 consecutive games and has a base-on-ball in 32 of 47 games this year. His on-base percentage of .474 is the third highest on the team.
The Wallace Award is presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction festivities. The 2008 award banquet will be held Wednesday, July 4, in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
The selection committee will narrow the “Watch List” throughout the remainder of the season and the three Wallace Award finalists will be announced following NCAA Super Regional play. Along with their head coaches and parents, the finalists will be invited to Lubbock from July 2-4 to participate in the College Baseball Foundation’s “Past Meets Present” celebration of college baseball. The 2008 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees will also be present for the three days of festivities.
Last year, second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr. was recognized as a finalist for the award after having one of the finest offensive seasons in Florida State history.
The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace.