COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State senior relief ace Jake Hale and emerging sophomore starter Alex Wimmers have each been named to the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List. The College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno are the sponsors of this inaugural presentation.
Hale, from Albany, Ohio and Alexander High School, is also in the running for the fifth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. The Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago after saving three Ohio State wins in the course of 25 hours, has a 1.03 earned run average so far this season with Big Ten Conference leading totals in saves (10), appearances (25) and games finished (25). He has 46 strikeouts in only 35.0 innings. In Big Ten Conference games only, Hale has a league-low 0.54 ERA.
Wimmers, from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller High School, is Ohio State’s Friday night starter who has been named Pitcher of the Week by the Big Ten three times this season and a national pitcher of the week by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball once. Wimmers has a 7-1 record, a 3.14 ERA and a Big Ten-best 89 strikeouts. His opponents’ batting average of .211 is second best in the league. Wimmers has three nine-inning complete games this season in addition to five games with 10-or-more strikeouts: 15 vs. Pitt; 14 vs. Indiana; 11 vs. Michigan State; and 10 vs. Minnesota and Northwestern.
Wimmers’ impressive season includes wins this year over No. 2 Miami, Notre Dame and Indiana.
Ohio State is one of only 11 schools nationally with more than one pitcher on the watch list. There are four pitchers from the Big Ten being considered for the award.
The Pitcher of the Year will be honored during the College Baseball Awards Show, July 2 in Lubbock, Texas. Other awards presented during the show will include the Brooks Wallace Award to the national shortstop of the year and the Dick Howser Trophy for the national player of the year.
Click on the attatched PDF for the official release and a list of the top pitchers on the “watch list.”