Nov. 21, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - LMU baseball's Brad Meyers is a preseason candidate for the national player of the year, the College Baseball Foundation announced. Meyers is among the nation's standout players on the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List.
The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the national college baseball player of the year. The 2006 winner, Brad Lincoln of Houston, signed last summer to play professionally for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Meyers is also among the nation's top-50 prospects for the 2007 MLB Draft, according to Baseball America. The Lions' right-hander is one of just five college players from the West on the top-50 list.
The 6-6 junior was a second-team All-West Coast Conference selection in 2006. Meyers earned the selection after going 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in WCC play. He worked 52 2/3 innings with a strikeout to walk ratio of 35 to 16.
Meyers was a 14th round selection of the New York Mets in the 2004 MLB Draft. He spent the summer of 2005 in the Cape Cod League, earning MVP honors in the playoffs as his Orleans Cardinals won the title. Following the title run, Meyers was named one of the Cape Cod League's top-10 prospects.
The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. The selection committee will then narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals, prior to the College World Series. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will again be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network and Fox College Sports.
Dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.
The selection committee for the Wallace Award is comprised of a national panel of preeminent coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who most closely follow the sport. Screening Committee members will evaluate the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire baseball season. The list will expand and contract during the regular season and additional Wallace Watch candidates may be added as the season progresses. Voting for the three finalists and the Wallace Award winner will be conducted by confidential balloting, with totals tabulated by the J.W.Anderson & Associates accounting firm in Lubbock, TX.
Today's selection marks the second straight year a Lion has been named to the Wallace Award Watch List. LMU outfielder Chris Pettit (2003-06) was named to the 2005 list. Pettit went on to be named a Minor League All-Star in September, following his play with the Angels' Orem Owlz.
Meyers and the Lions open the 2007 season at home with a three-game series against Sacramento State February 2-4.
For complete coverage of the CBF's Wallace Award, including a list of all watch list players, click here.