Dec. 17, 2007
Dec. 10, 2007
Lipscomb junior catcher Caleb Joseph is one of the players included on the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List.
Joseph, from Franklin, Tenn., spent this past summer in the Cape Cod League where he was named to the All-Star Team. He also became the first Bisons player to earn All Atlantic Sun Conference first team honors last season. He lead the Bisons in several categories including batting average (.335), home runs (eight), runs batted in (48) and slugging percentage (.566).
His 25 doubles lead the A-Sun and ranked in the top 10 nationally.
There are five Atlantic Sun players on the list. Joining Joseph are senior right-handed pitcher Chris Manning from Belmont and pitcher Robbie Elsemiller from Stetson. Also included are a pair of Mercer players: first baseman Mike Armstrong and shortstop Billy Shaughnessy.
Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt, Ryan Lavarnway of Yale, Kyle Russell of Texas and Brett Wallace of Arizona State highlight the list of players named to the pre-season list.
"After a great fall baseball season, we can see that the talent level in college baseball will once again be great. We have several from last year's Wallace Watch that we will continue to follow, and we look forward to tracking the new additions as well", said Raymond Richardson, Chair of Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award Committee.
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 Thursday, July 3, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.
Last year's Brooks Wallace award went to Vanderbilt pitcher, David Price. Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and is pitching in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980. 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, TX, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.