June 8, 2007
Lubbock, Texas – Tony Thomas, Jr. was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award as announced by the College Baseball Foundation on Friday, June 8. The list represents players from nine schools in eight conferences and includes five players who were drafted on the first day of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Thomas was one of those first day draftees as he was selected with the third pick in the third round by the Chicago Cubs.
Joining Thomas on the 2007 Wallace semifinalist list are Vanderbilt’s David Price and Pedro Alvarez, Todd Frazier of Rutgers, Florida’s Matt LaPorta, Yale’s Ryan Lavarnway, Charlotte’s Adam Mills, Kyle Russell of Texas, Arizona State’s Brett Wallace and Brandon Waring of Wofford.
This season Thomas has been recognized as National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com as well as being named a first-team All-American by Louisville Slugger and Rivals.com. Thomas is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy.
In 2007, the Valrico, Fla. native earned first team All-ACC honors, was a member of the ACC All-Tournament team and received ACC Player of the Year accolades. Thomas currently leads the league in seven statistical categories and is ranked in the top 10 in four others. He holds the top spot in the ACC in batting average (.430), hits per game (1.79), runs scored per game (1.47), doubles per game (0.53), total bases per game (3.05), on base percentage (.522) and slugging percentage (.733). In addition, Thomas is second in stolen bases per game (0.50), third in triple per game (0.10), eighth in home runs per game (0.18) and ninth in walks per game (0.69). At the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville, the right hander became the first Seminole player to register 30 doubles, 100 hits and 30 stolen bases in a single-season.
The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player and will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. The selection committee will reduce the list to three finalists following NCAA Super Regional play this weekend. The three finalists will be announced during the College World Series where they will be accompanied by their parents and head coaches to participate in activities with the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees as part of the Wallace Award and Hall of Fame festivities in Lubbock. The winner will be permanently recognized in the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
“The success that the ten Wallace semifinalists enjoyed on the field this year is remarkable,” said Raymond Richardson, Chairman of the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Committee. “We are looking forward to hosting the three finalists in Lubbock on July 3rd and 4th.”
The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace.