Edwards Named to 2008 Wallace Award Watch List

LUBBOCK, Texas Kansas State senior pitcher Daniel Edwards, who tied the school’s single-season record with 11 saves in 2007, was named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List, the award’s committee announced Friday.

 

Edwards, a native of Kingwood, Texas, is no stranger to the award as he was one of 30 players in the hunt for the honor in late May of last season. The junior had a solid 2007 campaign as he registered a perfect 3-0 record with a 2.27 ERA and 11 saves, tying David Johnson’s single-season record which he set in 1997.

 

The Wallace Award is presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction festivities. The 2008 award banquet will be held Thursday, July 3, at the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.

 

Last year’s Brooks Wallace Award went to Vanderbilt pitcher David Price. Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and is currently in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The 2006 winner was standout pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston. Nebraska’s Alex Gordon, now with the Kansas City Royals, took home the 2005 trophy and the inaugural award was given in 2004 to Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton, who is now catching for the Oakland A’s.

 

The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace was a shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, Wallace was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980.

 

After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, Wallace 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 Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.