Stanford's Appel named Howser Trophy finalist

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Stanford senior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel is one of five finalists for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Thursday. The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

Appel, Stanford's all-time strikeout leader (372), ranks third in the Pac-12 with a 2.12 ERA and boasts a .203 opposing batting average. The Houston, Texas native leads the Conference and ranks fourth in the nation with 130 punch outs. A Louisville Slugger All-American, Appel went 10-4 in 14 starts and tossed four complete games. He issued just 23 walks and allowed 17 extra-base hits in 106.1 innings. The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Appel is in contention for a number of other national postseason awards, including the Senior CLASS Award and the Golden Spikes Award. He is expected to be an early first-round selection in the 2013 MLB Draft, which opens this evening.

Tony Kemp and Tyler Beede of Vanderbilt, Colin Moran of North Carolina and Kris Bryant of San Diego complete the list of finalists.

For more information on the Dick Howser Trophy, visit www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa.

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