Dick Howser Trophy Winners Rolling in Majors

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, May 7th, 2017

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Previous Dick Howser Trophy Winners’ MLB Updates – 2017

(Contact: Bo Carter, Howser Trophy Committee, Bcarter@footballfoundation.com, 214-418-6132) – May 6, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – 2017 again has been a banner year for many of the 30 winners of the 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.

Besides the on-the-field exploits and fame, previous winners such as Mark Teixeira (retired after the 2016 season – his 14th in Major League Baseball) of Georgia Tech and Robin Ventura (1988) of Oklahoma State are occupying new positions this year while the only two-time Howser Trophy recipient retired Brooks Kieschnick (1992 and ’93) of Texas was featured in a recent Sports Illustrated story about multiple position pitcher/outfielder/designated hitter combinations during his 1996-204 era in the big leagues.

Teixeira is working as a commentator for ESPN baseball as well as assisting in several environmental water areas’ preservation in the Atlanta, Ga., area.

Of course, 2016 MLB All-Star game participants Buster Posey (2008) of Florida State, San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg (2009), Vanderbilt’s David Price (2007), and San Diego’s Kris Bryant – the latter two in the city where they played their college baseball – also continue to make headlines, among others, as active players.

The 30 Dick Howser Trophy winners have captured Major League Baseball and NCAA World Series, have NL and AL Rookies of the Year and Cy Young Award commemorations, and many even have possibilities of making the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

And 2010 recipient Anthony Rendon of Rice just had the game of his young career in a 23-5 win over the New York Mets on April 30. He is just the fifth player in Nationals history with three home runs in a game and the 13th player in Major League history – the first since ’07 – with at least 10 RBI in a game. Rendon also joined Walker Cooper as the only players in major league history with six hits, three home runs and 10 RBI in a game. Cooper accomplished the feat for the Cincinnati Reds in 1949.

And, incidentally, one of his Washington teammates and a beneficiary of his RBI barrage in the contest was Stephen Drew, brother of retired Florida State standout and 1997 Howser Trophy winner J.D. Drew.

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 continues to be most revered honor in college baseball.

Besides 2015 National League Rookie of the Year and 2016 World Series standout Bryant of the Cubs, numerous other DHT awardees are enjoying continued success in the majors.

Posey already has been part of three world champion teams with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and ’14 while winning the Silver Slugger Award in 2012, 2014 and 2015, the Gold Glove Award for catchers in 2016, the 2012 NL Hank Aaron Award, 2012 NL Comeback Player of the Year, and capturing the 2012 NL batting title.

Alex Gordon (2005 winner) of Nebraska also helped pace the Kansas City Royals take their second all-time MLB World Series in 2015 – exactly 30 years after Howser piloted the ’85 Royals to their first title in the Interstate 70 Series against St. Louis.

And besides the ultra-successful lefty pitcher Price, Strasburg, veterans Rickie Weeks (2003) of Southern U., Rendon (2010) and Mike Zunino (2012) of Florida, recent Howser Trophy winners are making big waves for their 2017 squads.

Andrew Benintendi (2015) of Arkansas batted just under .300 (.295) in late-season assignments for the Boston Red Sox while AJ Reed (2014) of Kentucky is being counted upon for power and defensive skills for the 2017 Houston Astros in his second MLB season.

Dick Howser Trophy winners have advanced their skills in professional careers accumulating 220-plus seasons in the Majors with more than 2,200 combined home runs, 50,000-plus at-bats and 670-plus 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 May 2, 2017)

 

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) ’16 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                        D-Rays                   .246        4,355      725         1,073      160         468         131

(Southern U. – 2003) – 2003, 05-17 (14) ’17 stats: .200 35       5              7              1              2              0

Alex Gordon                         Royals                    .263        4,773      673         1,253      151         568         89

(Nebraska – 2005) – 2007-17 (11) ’17 stats:  .181        83           6              15           0              5              0

Buster Posey                        Giants                    .307        3,348      449         1,025      117         530         14

(Florida State – 2008) – 2009-17 (9) ’17 stats: .333    60           6              20           1              3              0

Anthony Rendon                  Nationals               .274        1,932      295         529         56           243         31

(Rice – 2010) – 2013-17 (5) ’17 Stats             .278        90           10           25           3              15           0

Mike Zunino                          Mariners                                .193        1,189      124         230         50           135         1

(Florida – 2012) – 2013-17 (5) ‘17 Stats         .172        64           7              11           0              2              0

Kris Bryant                            Cubs                      .284        1,255      225         357         68           214         25

(San Diego – 2013) – 2015-17 (3) ’17 stats   .290        93           17           27           3              13           4

AJ Reed                                 Astros                     .164        122         11           20           3              8              0

(Kentucky – 2014)                – 2016-2017 (2) ’17 stats   Opened the season in Class AAA.

Andrew Benintendi             Red Sox                 .309        191         29           59           5              28           3

(Arkansas – 2015) – 2016-17 (2), ’17 stats    .326        86           13           28           3              14           2

Seth Beer

(Clemson – 2016)                               Sophomore          2-plus years of eligibility remaining                                                

MLB Totals                            140 seasons         .269        52,299   7,911      14,049   2,228      8,034      529

 

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                   150-95   3.56        0              2,053.2  1,886      545         1,612

(Long Beach State – 2004) – 2006-17 (12) ’17 stats: 0-2 4.71  0              28.2        25           6              14

Brad Lincoln                         Pirates                   9-11        4.74        1              222.1      233         77           169

Houston – 2006) – 2010-14 (5)

David Price                           Rays                       121-65   3.21        0              1,671.2  1,488      421         1,600

(Vanderbilt – 2007) – 2008-17 (10) ’17 stats:                Started season on disabled list.

Stephen Strasburg              Nationals               71-42     3.17        0              959.1      803         243         1,115

(San Diego State – 2009) – 2010-17 (8) ’17 stats: 2-1 3.09        0              35           28           7              31

Taylor Jungmann                                Brewers                 9-13        4.54        0              146.2      138         65           126

(Texas – 2011) – 2015-17 (3) ’17 stats           0-0          13.50      0              0.2          2              1              1             

MLB Totals                            86 seasons           672-532 4.08        8              10,580   9,334      3,370      8,517

 

Previous finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy (some years the numbers varied between 3-5 finalists depending on selection committees and voting):

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

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