PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University outfielder Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) has been named one of 10 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball. The winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. CDT. Frazier joins former RU standout Darren Fenster (2000) as a finalist for the award. The award is presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg (FL) Chamber of Commerce.
The other finalists include: Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon, Ole Miss 1B/P Stephen Head, Texas P J.P. Howell, Rice P Philip Humber, East Carolina DH Ryan Jones, Virginia UT Joe Koshansky, Stanford 2B Jed Lowrie, South Carolina C Landon Powell and Long Beach State P Jered Weaver.
Frazier, selected in the third round of last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers, hit a team-best .382 overall and .365 in BIG EAST play this season. He was among the league leaders in several offensive categories, including average (2nd), home runs (13, 2nd) and RBI (59, 3rd). He also led the league in hits with 79 and finished tied for third in doubles (16). Frazier was also third in slugging percentage (.657). He led the Scarlet Knights in batting average, at bats (207), runs (59), doubles, total bases (136), slugging percentage, hits, sacrifice flies (4), RBI, home runs and games played (53). He hit .396 vs. lefties and .377 vs. righties this season, while also hitting .420 with runners in scoring position and leading the team with 21 two-out RBI.
The all-time home run leader in school history (34), Frazier is also one of just nine players in school history with 200 hits, finishing the 2004 season with 220, which is fourth all-time. He is also fourth in school history with 167 RBI and fourth in total bases with 370. He was a Freshman All-America selection in 2002 and a Second Team All-America pick by USA Today/Baseball Weekly in 2004. He was a Cape Cod League all-star with the Chatham A's last summer as well.
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 for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are: Mike Fiore, Miami (1987), Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State (1988), Scott Bryant, Texas (1989), Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade C.C. South (1990), Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas) (1991), Brooks Kieschnick, Texas (1992), Brooks Kieschnick, Texas (1993), Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech (1994), Todd Helton, Tennessee (1995), Kris Benson, Clemson (1996), J.D. Drew, Florida State (1997), Eddy Furniss, LSU (1998), Jason Jennings, Baylor (1999), Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech (2000), Mark Prior, Southern California (2001), Khalil Greene, Clemson (2002) and Rickey Weeks, Southern (2003).