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Should Taylor Jungmann Win The Dick Howser Trophy?

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Every year, college baseball gives out the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's best player. A year ago Rice's Anthony Rendon won it. Before that it was Stephen Strasburg. Thanks to drastic bat changes, 2011 has been a year of great pitching, so shouldn't the award go to a pitcher? With two weekends left in the 2011 regular season, isn't Taylor Jungmann the frontrunner? Consider the following:

  • Jungmann has 11 wins on the season (the most in the country).
  • Texas is 12-0 on Fridays this year, with Jungmann's lone no-decision coming on a day when he pitched a full nine innings (the 1-0 15-inning slugfest win over Okie State).
  • His 0.92 ERA is tops among college starters. Jungmann is the only starter in the country with an ERA under 1.00.
  • His three complete game shutouts is tied for tops in the country.
  • His opponent batting average is .160, tied for second in the country.
  • His hits-per-game is third in the country.
  • The nation's second best starter this year, Virginia's Danny Hultzen, is 9-1 with a 1.19 ERA. Moreover, Hultzen on average has received 9.7 runs of support from the Cavaliers offense. Jungmann, by comparison has gotten a measly 5.4 runs per start.

Just some points to think about as you fill out your Dick Howser ballot.