Altobelli and Valaika named to latest Brooks Wallace Watch List
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — UCLA's Pat Valaika and Oregon's J.J. Altobelli are among 14 players named to the latest Brooks Wallace Award watch list, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Sunday. The award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.
"These guys have put up great numbers all season," said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. "We have followed them closely all season and the consistency they play with is impressive."
Valaika, who has started all 52 games for the Bruins this season, is hitting .271 with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 37 RBI. A native of Valencia, Calif., he owns a .981 fielding percentage.
Altobelli has started 55 games for the Ducks in 2013 and is batting .283 with five doubles, 23 RBI and 30 runs scored. The Newport Beach, Calif. native also boasts a .981 fielding percentage.
"When you stop to think about how many chances these guys have in the field, to have a fielding percentage that high after 50-plus games is remarkable," said Tyler Young, award co-chair.
For more information on the Brooks Wallace Award, including the latest watch list, visit web.collegebaseballhall.org.