Previous Dick Howser Trophy Winners’ MLB Updates – Mid-2019 MLB Season Update

by BoCarter | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Previous Dick Howser Trophy Winners’ MLB Updates – Mid-2019 MLB Season –
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – With national honors and All-Star laurels galore, the 32 recipients of prestigious Dick Howser Trophy presented annually to the standout NCAA Division I baseball student-athlete, who best exemplifies the ideals of the late Florida State All-America shortstop and manager of the 1985 world champion Kansas City Royals, continue to shine in all areas of Major League Baseball.
On the week of the ’19 Dick Howser Trophy presentation, it is noteworthy to glance at a long list of national accomplishments of these champions over a combined 250-plus composite seasons in Major League Baseball.
The fine ’19 finalists are primed for a national news conference Saturday to denote the latest winner, and they are 2019: Vanderbilt OF JJ Bleday, West Virginia SP Alek Manoah, Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Navy SP Noah Song, and California 1B Andrew Vaughn.
2019 has been a particularly eventful season for the former Howser Trophy winners, and anticipation is building for the announcement of the 2019 Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. (CDT) prior to the opening of the NCAA Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
As the World Series approaches after the league championship series, Howser Trophy alumni have played vital roles for several teams who made the postseason.
On the diamond standouts such as David Price (2007 winner) of Vanderbilt and Andrew Benintendi (2015) of Arkansas have kept the Boston Red Sox in the thick of the ’19 pennant race after a bit of a slow start.
The same can be said for Washington Nationals standouts – Stephen Strasburg (2009) of San Diego State and Anthony Rendon (2010) of Rice. Both have been vital pieces of the Nationals drive to another possible postseason berth.
Another example having an impact off the field is 2000 Howser Trophy recipient Mark Teixeira who is working as an expert commentator for ESPN after baseball being in the majors for 14 seasons from 2003-16 and retiring with a Howser-winner-most 409 home runs.
And dozens of other winners of the prestigious trophy (called by many the Heisman Trophy of college baseball) have kept that collegiate spark going with stellar seasons in the pros.
One such example is Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (2013 Howser Trophy winner) of San Diego, though the booming hitter has spent some time on the injured list this season but still has solid numbers. Yet another is the San Francisco Giants 11-year standout catcher and 2009 National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey of Florida State.
Posey now has a national catcher of the year laurel in his honor with and annual Buster Posey Award for the nation’s top backstopper. The Leesburg, Ga., native also paced the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, 2021 and ’14.
The active Dick Howser Trophy winners are scattered worldwide from Texas’ Taylor Jungmann (2011) to the nine current active DHT recipients on 2019 MLB rosters.
These standouts, including Kansas City Royals and 2015 World Series winner Alex Gordon (2005), appear to be in the running for even more MLB kudos as well as possible entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown at some juncture.
The penultimate award for NCAA Division I Baseball and based on performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified throughout Dick Howser’s life when he starred at shortstop at Florida State and later managed the New York Yankees and Royals (with Kansas City winning its first World Series in 1985 under his tutelage) continues to be most revered honor in college baseball.
The most recent winners such as Louisville’s Brendan McKay in 2017 and Florida’s Brady Singer in 2018 also appear on the cusp of making big league rosters this year or in the future and are working their way toward even brighter futures on the diamond.
In total through mid-June 2019, Dick Howser Trophy winners have accumulated 240 seasons in Major League Baseball, 2,478 combined home runs, 58,000-plus at-bats, almost 9,000 runs scored, and 728 composite pitching triumphs.
They also honor the memory and values of the late Dick Howser with their heroics both on and off America’s diamonds.
Howser Trophy (Colleges Attended and MLB Career Stats)
(Through June 12, 2019)
Primary MLB Season 1st line, MLB Career Stats 2nd line
Player Team Avg. AB R H HR RBI SB
Mike Fiore Did not play in majors; former executive director of USA Baseball
(Miami, Fla. – 1987)
Robin Ventura (Career) White Sox .267 7,064 1,006 1,885 294 1,182 24
(Oklahoma State – 1988) – 1989-2004 (16) – 2012-16 Manager, Chicago White Sox – first Howser Trophy winner to become MLB manager in 2012
Scott Bryant Did not play in majors (pitcher-DH-1B at Texas)…private businessman
(Texas – 1989)
Brooks Kieschnick Brewers .248 306 34 76 16 46 1
(Texas – 1992, 93) – (see pitching stats below) – 1996-97, 2000-01, 03-04 (6)
Jason Varitek Red Sox .256 5,099 664 1,307 193 757 25
(Georgia Tech – 1994) – 1997-2011 (15)
Todd Helton Rockies .316 7,962 1,401 2,519 369 1,406 37
(Tennessee – 1995) – 1997-2013 (17)
J.D. Drew Red Sox .278 5,173 944 1,437 242 795 87
(Florida State – 1997) – 1998-2011 (14)
Eddy Furniss Did not play in majors (1B at LSU) – became a physician…
(LSU – 1998)
Mark Teixeira Yankees .268 6,936 1,099 1,862 409 1,298 26
(Georgia Tech – 2000) – 2003-16 (14) 2016 stats: .204 387 43 79 15 44 2
Khalil Greene Padres .245 2,567 322 628 90 352 25
(Clemson – 2002) – 2003-09 (7)
Rickie Weeks Rays .246 4,417 733 1,087 161 474 132
(Southern U. – 2003) – 2003, 05-17 (14) ’17 stats: .216 97 13 21 2 8 1
Alex Gordon Royals .259 5,166 719 1,337 160 608 96
(Nebraska – 2005) – 2007-19 (13) ’19 stats: .279 229 39 64 10 39 3
Buster Posey Giants .304 4,322 570 1,315 136 653 23
(Florida State – 2008) – 2009-19 (11) ’19 stats: .257 152 18 39 3 18 0
Anthony Rendon Nationals .287 3,073 502 882 116 466 41
(Rice – 2010) – 2013-19 (7) ’19 Stats .320 194 48 62 14 46 2
Mike Zunino Mariners .206 2,004 218 412 98 258 2
(Florida – 2012) – 2013-19 (7) ‘19 Stats .176 119 12 21 3 17 0
Kris Bryant Cubs .283 2,335 428 661 120 362 31
(San Diego – 2013) – 2015-19 (5) ’19 stats .268 235 50 63 13 36 1
AJ Reed Astros .153 128 11 20 3 8 0
(Kentucky – 2014) – 2016-2018 (3) ’19 stats (AAA) .231 147 24 34 9 25 0
Andrew Benintendi Red Sox .279 1,497 237 417 45 219 49
(Arkansas – 2015) – 2016-19 (4), ’19 stats .263 240 34 63 7 28 7
Seth Beer 2019 Minor Stats .313 214 35 67 13 54 0
(Clemson – 2016) – Minor Leagues – Houston Astros system
Brendan McKay 2019 Minor Stats .183 104 13 19 2 11 0
31 123 104 13 19 3 0 2 11 0 1 14 35 .183
(Louisville – 2017) – Minor Leagues – Tampa Bay system
MLB Totals 153 seasons .269 58,820 8,893 15,813 2,478 8,997 626
Primary MLB
Pitchers Team W-L ERA SV IP H BB SO
Alex Fernandez White Sox 107-87 3.74 0 1,760.1 1,693 552 1,252
(Miami-Dade CC – 1990) – 1990-2000 (11)
Frank Rodriguez Twins 29-39 5.53 5 654 737 282 371
(Howard, Texas, Coll. – 1991) – 1995-2001 (7)
Brooks Kieschnick Brewers 2-2 4.59 0 96 110 26 67
(Texas – 1992, 93) – 1996-97, 2000-01, 03-04 (6)
Kris Benson Pirates 70-75 4.42 0 1,243.2 1,292 441 806
(Clemson – 1996) – 1999-2006, 09-10 (10)
Jason Jennings Rockies 62-74 4.95 2 1,128.1 1,253 505 749
(Baylor – 1999) – 2001-09 (9)
Mark Prior Cubs 42-29 3.51 0 657 582 223 757
(Southern California – 2001) – 2002-06 (5)
Jered Weaver Padres 150-98 3.63 0 2,067.1 1,912 551 1,621
(Long Beach State – 2004) – 2006-17 (12) ’17 stats: 0-5 7.44 0 42.1 25 6 14
Brad Lincoln Pirates 9-11 4.74 1 222.1 233 77 169
Houston – 2006) – 2010-14 (5)
David Price Rays/Red Sox 147-77 3.22 0 1,746.1 1,553 445 1,676
(Vanderbilt – 2007) – 2008-19 (12) ’19 stats 4-2 2.70 0 60 49 14 69
Stephen Strasburg Nationals 101-55 3.07 0 1,099.2 906 283 1,288
(San Diego State – 2009) – 2010-19 (10) ’19 stats: 7-3 3.36 0 91 69 23 110
Taylor Jungmann Brewers 9-13 4.54 0 146.2 138 65 126
(Now playing in Japan – 2018-19)
(Texas – 2011) – 2015-17 (3) ’17 stats 0-0 13.50 0 0.2 2 1 1
Brady Singer 2019 Minor Stats 6-2 2.81 0 67.1 65 17 56
(Florida) Royals
MLB Totals 87 seasons 728-560 3.98 8 11,264.2 9,915 3,565 9,287
Previous finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy (some years the numbers varied between 3-5 finalists depending on selection committees and voting):
2019: Vanderbilt OF JJ Bleday, West Virginia SP Alek Manoah, Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Navy SP Noah Song, California 1B Andrew Vaughn.
2018: C Joey Bart of Georgia Tech, Texas 2B Kody Clemens, Auburn SP Casey Mize, Florida SP Brady Singer, Illinois 1B Bren Spillane.
2017: Oregon State P Luke Heimlich, Louisville P/1B Brendan McKay, Mississippi State OF Brent Rooker.
2016: Clemson OF Seth Beer, Wake Forest 3B Will Craig, Louisville UTIL Brendan McKay, Kent State P Eric Lauer, Texas A&M 3B Boomer White.
2015: Arkansas OF Andrew Benintendi, UCLA RP David Berg, Vanderbilt SP Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt SS Dansby Swanson, Miami (Fla.) 3B David Thompson.
2014: Oregon State OF Michael Conforto, LSU P Aaron Nola, Kennesaw State C Max Pentecost, Kentucky 1B-DH-P A.J. Reed, Oregon State P Ben Wetzler
2013: North Carolina IF Colin Moran, Vanderbilt P Tyler Beede and 2B Tony Kemp, Stanford P Mark Appel, San Diego 3B Kris Bryant
2012: Florida C Mike Zunino, 1B Goose Kallunki of Utah Valley State and OF Raph Rhymes of LSU.
2011: Texas pitcher Taylor Jungmann, Virginia utility P-1B-DH Danny Hultzen, UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer.
2010: Anthony Rendon of Rice, Yasmani Grandal of Miami (Fla.) and Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss.
2009: North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley, Arizona State pitcher Mike Leake, San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
2008: Four finalists – Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham, Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow, Florida State catcher Buster Posey and Arizona State third baseman Brett Wallace.
2007: Vanderbilt pitcher David Price, Texas outfielder Kyle Russell, Rice pitcher-first baseman-designated hitter Joe Savery, and Florida State second baseman Tony Thomas Jr.
2006: Brad Lincoln of Houston, Rice pitcher Eddie Degerman, James Madison outfielder Kellen Kulbacki, Washington pitcher Tim Lincecum, and Cal State Fullerton pitcher Wes Roemer.
2005: Alex Gordon of Nebraska, Lance Broadway of TCU, Cesar Carillo of Miami (Fla.), and Shane Robinson of Florida State.
2004: Jered Weaver of Long Beach State, Phillip Humber of Rice, Brad McCann of Clemson, Ryan Jones of East Carolina, and Dustin Pedroia of Arizona State.
2003: Rickie Weeks of Southern U., Dustin Pedroia of Arizona State and Matt Hopper of Nebraska.
2002: Khalil Greene of Clemson, Justin Simmons of Texas, and James Jurries of Tulane.
2001: Mark Prior of USC, Chris Burke of Tenenssee, Jeff Baker of Clemson, and Aaron Heilman of Notre Dame.
2000: Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, Shane Komine of Nebraska and Brad Cresse of LSU.
1999: Jason Jennings of Baylor, Andy Phillips of Alabama and Ken Harvey of Nebraska.
(The ABCA and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce named winners only from 1987-98)
Howser Trophy Draft Choices –
1987 – Mike Fiore, OF, Miami (Fla.) – 15th round, 392, St. Louis Cardinals
1988 – Robin Ventura, Third baseman, Oklahoma State – 1st round, 10, Chicago White Sox
1989 – Scott Bryant, Outfielder, Texas – 1st round, 20, Cincinnati
1990 – Alex Fernández, Pitcher, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Community College – 1st round, 4, Chicago White Sox
1991 – Frank Rodriguez – Pitcher, Howard College – 2nd round, 4th selection, Boston Red Sox
1992 – Brooks Kieschnick – Utility player, Texas – Ineligible for draft – sophomore
1993 – Brooks Kieschnick, Utility player, Texas – 1st round, 10, Chicago Cubs
1994 – Jason Varitek, Catcher, Georgia Tech – 1st round, 14, Seattle Mariners
1995 – Todd Helton, First baseman, Tennessee – 1st round, 8, Colorado Rockies
1996 – Kris Benson, Pitcher, Clemson – 1st round, 1, Pittsburgh Pirates
1997 – J. D. Drew, Outfielder, Florida State – 1st round, 5, St. Louis Cardinals
1998 – Dr. Eddy Furniss, 1B, LSU – 4th round, 118, Minnesota Twins
1999 – Jason Jennings, Pitcher-Utility, Baylor – 1st round, 16, Colorado
2000 – Mark Teixeira, Third baseman, Georgia Tech – 1st round, 5, Texas Rangers
2001 – Mark Prior, Pitcher Southern California – 1st round, 2, Chicago Cubs
2002 – Khalil Greene, Shortstop, Clemson – 1st round, 13, San Diego Padres
2003 – Rickie Weeks, Second baseman, Southern (Baton Rouge) – 1st round, 2, Milwaukee Brewers
2004 – Jered Weaver, Pitcher, Long Beach State – 1st round, 12, Los Angeles Angels
2005 – Alex Gordon, Third baseman, Nebraska – 1st round, 2, Kansas City Royals
2006 – Brad Lincoln, Pitcher, Houston – 1st round, 4, Pittsburgh Pirates
2007 – David Price, Pitcher, Vanderbilt – 1st round, 1, Tampa Bay Rays
2008 – Buster Posey, Catcher, Florida State – 1st round, 5, San Francisco Giants
2009 – Stephen Strasburg, Pitcher, San Diego State – 1st round, 1, Washington Nationals
2010 – Anthony Rendon, Third baseman, Rice – 1st round, 6, Washington Nationals
2011 – Taylor Jungmann, Pitcher, Texas – 1st round, 12, Milwaukee Brewers
2012 – Mike Zunino, Catcher, Florida – 1st round, 3, Seattle Mariners
2013 – Kris Bryant, Third baseman, San Diego – 1st round, 2, Chicago Cubs
2014 – A. J. Reed, Utility player, Kentucky – 2nd round, 42, Houston Astros
2015 – Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas – 1st round, 7, Boston Red Sox
2016 – Seth Beer, OF, Clemson – freshman, not eligible for draft
2017 – Brendan McKay, 1B-P, Louisville, 1st round, 4, Tampa Bay Rays
2018 – Brady Singer, P, 1st round, 18, Kansas City Royals
2019 – TBD
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