Travis Buck Named To Wallace Award Watch List
Nov. 23, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior outfielder Travis Buck is one of 58 college baseball student-athletes named to the initial watch list for the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award presented by the newly formed College Baseball Foundation.
In its second year, the Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Cal State Fullerton catcher Kurt Suzuki was presented with the inaugural award in 2004. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed down to 12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 24, 2005. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference at the Co2005. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha before the College World Series.
Buck (Richland, Wash.) is one of six Pac-10 players named to the initial Wallace Watch. Outfielder Trevor Crowe (Arizona), RHP Ian Kennedy (USC), RHP Tim Lincecum (Washington), first baseman John Mayberry Jr. (Stanford) and second baseman Jed Lowrie (Stanford) join Buck as Pac-10 players up for the award.
Buck was named a second-team preseason All-American by the NCBWA earlier this week and is coming off a breakthrough sophomore season in 2004 in which he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. He led the Sun Devils in two of the three Triple Crown categories, hitting .373 (84-for-225) with 16 doubles, nine home runs and 58 RBI. He also led ASU with 13 stolen bases and had five outfield assists.
In his two seasons in the Maroon and Gold, Buck has a career .349 (162-for-464) batting average with 13 home runs, 104 RBI and 25 stolen bases. He was also named a first-team Summer All-American by Baseball America after hitting .410 for the USA Baseball National Team. He was part of the Team USA squad that won a gold medal in the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tainan City, Taiwan.
Dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Brooks 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 Six his senior year when he lead the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. 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 selection committee for the Wallace Award is comprised of a national panel of preeminent coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who mostly closely follow the sport. Screening Committee members will evaluate the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire baseball season. Additional Watch List candidates may be added as the season progresses. Voting for the three Wallace Award finalists and the Wallace Award winner will be conducted by confidential balloting, with totals tabulated by the J.W.Anderson & Associates accounting firm in Lubbock, Texas.
Arizona State (41-18, 13-11 Pac-10 in 2004) opens the 2005 season Jan. 28-30 against perennial national power Long Beach State.