Dick Howser Trophy and the 2019 World Series; Rendon Returns to Houston

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Image result for anthony rendon                                                                ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Two familiar names who played key roles in getting the National League-winning Washington Nationals into their first World Series are familiar Dick Howser Trophy (presented by The Game Headwear 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) winners Anthony Rendon of Rice and Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State.

On the eve of the 114th annual Fall Classic between Washington and the AL Houston Astros, the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy recipient (Strasburg) and ’10 winner (Rendon) just completed arguably their top individual seasons in the majors.

And there were almost three Howser Trophy honorees in the ’19 World Series. Kentucky’s A.J. Reed (2014) played with the Astros from 2016-18 before moving to the Chicago White Sox this season.

The 30 other winners of the Howser Trophy also have resume’s, which stretch from Los Angeles to New York, and the active players in 2019 MLB chalked up another solid, overall performance.

For starters, Rendon posted probable Most Valuable Player (selection is to be determined for 2019) numbers with the Nationals after a career year with a National League-leading 126 RBI, 34 home runs and a .319 batting average – close to the winning the NL batting Triple Crown until the final two weeks of the campaign.

Strasburg joined Missouri’s Max Scherzer (a NCBWA All-America choice in his collegiate days), Patrick Corbin of Chipola (Fla.) and Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) CC, key journeyman Anibal Sanchez, and relief ace Sean Doolittle of Virginia to form one of the NL’s most formidable pitching staffs. Strasburg’s statistical line included a team-best 18-6 record with 251 strikeouts, 56 walks in 209 innings pitched and a 3.32 ERA.

Besides these all-star showings by Strasburg and Rendon, several active MLB standouts with Howser Trophy credentials enjoyed banner campaigns.

And Brendan McKay (2017) of Louisville made his MLB debut with a shutout pitching performance for Tampa Bay and also became the first pitcher-DH in the majors since 1992-93 Howser Trophy winner Brooks Kieschnick retired in 2004.

2018 World Series winner Andrew Benintendi (2015) of Arkansas joined the likes of the Red Sox teammate David Price (2007) of Vanderbilt, Buster Posey (2008) of Florida State, Alex Gordon (2005) of Nebraska, Mike Zunino (2012) of Florida, and Kris Bryant (2013) of San Diego in posting sterling seasons and leading their teams to postseason play or near-post-2019 activity.

Also notable, Clemson’s Seth Beer (2016, only freshman to capture the Howser Trophy and later a first-round draft choice of the Astros in 2018) appears set to make a move to the majors in 2020 after belting 26 home runs and driving in 103 combined runs with three top-rung minor league teams in ’19.

And off the regulation diamond, Mark Teixeira (2000) of Georgia Tech will be updating World

Series reports as a commentator for ESPN while Rickie Weeks (2003) of Southern U. had his jersey retired in 2019 by the Milwaukee Brewers after a standout, 14-year MLB career. FSU’s Posey also had the NCAA Division I catcher of the year renamed the Buster Posey Award for his college and MLB exploits.

The active Dick Howser Trophy winners are scattered worldwide from Texas’ Taylor Jungmann (2011, now pitching in Japan) to the 10 current active DHT recipients on 2019 MLB rosters. The next stop for many of these legends likely will be the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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 32 winners also honor the memory and values of the late Dick Howser with their heroics both on and off America’s playing fields.

 

 

Howser Trophy (Colleges Attended and MLB Career Stats)

(Through 2019 Season)

 

Primary MLB       MLB Career Stats 1st line, Season 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                        Brewers                 .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                    .258        6,228      852         1,609      186         738         113

(Nebraska – 2005) – 2007-19 (13) ’19 stats:  .266        556         77           148         13           76           5

Buster Posey                        Giants                    .302        4,575      595         1,380      140         673         23

(Florida State – 2008)  – 2009-19 (11) ’19 stats: .257 405         43           104         7              38           0

Anthony Rendon                  Nationals               .290        3,424      571         994         136         546         45

(Rice – 2010) – 2013-19 (7) ’19 Stats             .319        545         117         174         34           126         5

Mike Zunino                          Mariners                                .202        2,151      236         435         104         273         2

2151       236         435         96           3              104         273         2              4              158         812         .202

(Florida – 2012) – 2013-19 (7) ‘19 Stats         .165        266         30           44           9              32           0

Kris Bryant                            Cubs                      .284        2,643      486         751         138         403         31

(San Diego – 2013) – 2015-19 (5) ’19 stats   .282        543         108         153         31           77           4

AJ Reed                                 Astros                     .149        175         12           26           4              12           0

(Kentucky – 2014)                – 2016-2019 (4) ’19 stats   .136        44           1              6              1              4              0

Andrew Benintendi             Red Sox                 .277        1,798      275         498         51           259         52

(Arkansas – 2015) – 2016-19 (4), ’19 stats    .266        541         72           144         13           68           10

Seth Beer                              2019 Minor Stats .289        450         72           130         26           103         0

(Clemson – 2016)               – Minor Leagues – Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks systems

Brendan McKay                   Rays                       .200        10           2              2              1              1              0

(Louisville – 2017) – 2019 Tampa Bay (1)      .200        10           2              2              1              1              0

(see pitching stats below)

Adley Rutschman                                Orioles                   2019 Minors

(Oregon State – 2019)        2019 Minor Leagues .254 130         19           33           4              26           1             

MLB Totals                            155 seasons         .269        60,421   9,165      16,272   2,537      9,235      638

 

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       150-80   3.31        0              2,029.2  1,813      527         1,981

(Vanderbilt – 2007) – 2008-19 (12) ’19 stats                7-5          4.28        0              107.1      109         32           128

Stephen Strasburg              Nationals               112-58   3.17        0              1,438.2  1,185      377         1,695

(San Diego State – 2009) – 2010-19 (10) ’19 stats: 18-6 3.32  0              251         161         56           251

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

Brendan McKay                   Rays                       2-4          5.14        0              49           53           16           56

(Louisville – 2017) – 2019 Tampa Bay (1)      2-4          5.14        0              49           53           16           56

Brady Singer (2018)           2019 Minor Stats 12-5        2.85        0              148.1      137         39           138

(Florida)                                 Royals                                                                                                                                   

MLB Totals                            88 seasons           744-570 3.98        8              11,521   10,150   3,642      9,543

 

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, Arizona State third baseman Brett Wallace.

2007: Vanderbilt pitcher David Price, Texas outfielder Kyle Russell, Rice pitcher-first baseman-designated hitter Joe Savery, 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, Cal State Fullerton pitcher Wes Roemer.

2005: Alex Gordon of Nebraska, Lance Broadway of TCU, Cesar Carillo of Miami (Fla.), 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, Dustin Pedroia of Arizona State.

2003: Rickie Weeks of Southern U., Dustin Pedroia of Arizona State, Matt Hopper of Nebraska.

2002: Khalil Greene of Clemson, Justin Simmons of Texas, James Jurries of Tulane.

2001: Mark Prior of USC, Chris Burke of Tenenssee, Jeff Baker of Clemson, Aaron Heilman of Notre Dame.

2000: Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, Shane Komine of Nebraska, Brad Cresse of LSU.

1999: Jason Jennings of Baylor, Andy Phillips of Alabama, 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 (2018, 1st round, 28, Houston Astros)

2017 – Brendan McKay, 1B-P, Louisville, 1st round, 4, Tampa Bay Rays

2018 – Brady Singer, P, 1st round, 18, Kansas City Royals

2019 – Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State, 1st round, 1, Baltimore Orioles

-NCBWA.com-

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