Outfielder Colin Curtis
Nov. 21, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State junior outfielder Colin Curtis is one of 120 college baseball student-athletes named to the initial watch list for the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award presented by the College Baseball Foundation.
Now in it's third year, the award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Last year's winner was third basemen Alex Gordon of Nebraska. The list will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists in May, and then down to three finalists following the Super Regionals in June.
Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.) is one of 11 Pac-10 players named to the initial Wallace Watch. Pitcher Ian Kennedy (USC), pitcher Dallas Buck (Oregon State), pitcher Tim Lincecum (Washington), shortstop Chris Minnaker (Stanford), pitcher Hector Ambriz (UCLA), first basemen Jordan Brown (Arizona), pitcher Keith Gunderson (Oregon State), outfielder Brennan Boesch (California), outfielder Jay Miller (Washington State) and outfielder Michael Taylor (Stanford) join Curtis as Pac-10 players up for the award.
Curtis is coming off an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention season that saw him hit .342 with 45 RBI. He hit .545 in the Tempe Regional last post-season, en route to being named to the Regional All-Tournament Team. Curtis led all players in the 2005 College World Series with nine hits, batting .474 over the five games. He was named to the All-College World Series Team following the Sun Devils third place finish. Curtis is a career .324 hitter who has knocked in 81 runs and stolen 29 bases in his two seasons in Tempe.
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.
The Sun Devils open up the 2005 season on January 27th, as they host Cal State Northridge in a three game series at Packard Stadium.