Nov. 28, 2006
HOUSTON - LMU baseball's Brad Meyers is a preseason candidate for the college baseball's pitcher of the year. Meyers is among the nation's standout pitchers on the 2007 Roger Clemens Award Watch List.
The Roger Clemens Award is presented annually to the national college baseball pitcher of the year. Previous winners were Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004), Luke Hochevar of the Kansas City Royals (2005), and Andrew Miller of the Detroit Tigers (2006).
The Clemens Award Watch List is Meyers' second such selection in two weeks. A junior right-hander for the Lions, he was named to the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List as a national player of the year candidate last week.
Meyers is also among the nation's top-50 prospects for the 2007 MLB Draft, according to Baseball America. He 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 West Coast Conference is third among the nation's conferences, with six pitchers on the Clemens Award Watch List. The Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences each had 10 pitchers selected.
The finalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award will be selected in voting by a national panel that includes all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover collegiate baseball, the 16 winners of the R. E. "Bob" Smith Award, which was presented to the top player in the country in Houston in 1988-2003. In addition, the 10 previous finalists for the Clemens Award are also issued ballots. The 2007 award will be presented at a gala dinner next July.
The Roger Clemens Award was named after future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, who began his march to stardom while leading the University of Texas to the College World Series title in 1983. As a major leaguer, Clemens has won 348 games (eighth best in history), fanned more than 4,600 hitters and won seven Cy YoungAwards, emblematic as the top pitcher in his league. The Roger Clemens Award is the only award of its kind,honoring the finest pitchers in college baseball.
The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, which has donated more than$300,000 to the charities from the net proceeds from the first three dinners. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.
Meyers is the second Lion to earn a spot on the Clemens Award Watch List. LMU's Stephen Kahn (2003-05), now with the Seattle Mariners organization, was named a 2005 Roger Clemens Award candidate.
Meyers and the Lions open the 2007 season at home with a three-game series against Sacramento State February 2-4.