Florida’s Singer named national player of the year

Florida pitcher Brady Singer poses with his parents, Brett and Jacquelyn Singer, while holding the Dick Howser Trophy for college baseball's player of the year, in Omaha, Neb., Friday. Singer carries a 12-1 record and 2.30 ERA into the College World Series. The native of Eustis, Florida, was the No. 18 overall pick in the baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Florida junior pitcher Brady Singer was named Friday as the 2018 Dick Howser trophy winner, an annual award that goes to the college baseball national player of the year.

Is there enough room on the Singer trophy case?

  • D1Baseball.com National Player of the Year, Dick Howser National Player of the Year
  • First Team All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game)
  • SEC Pitcher of the Year
  • All-SEC First Team
  • 12-1, 2.30 ERA in 101.2 innings, 107 strikeouts, 21 walks, .187 batting average against.
Singer is the second Florida player to win the award, following catcher Mike Zunino in 2012.

After an outstanding junior season, Singer is a consensus First Team All-American and has been named the Player of the Year by Baseball America and D1Baseball this season. He was also named the 2018 SEC Pitcher of the Year by the league’s coaches.

The native of Eustis took over as the Gators ace in 2018 and was dominant. He holds a 12-1 record entering the College World Series. Singer ranks first in the SEC in earned run average (2.30) and opposing batting average (.187). His 12 wins are tied for the third-most in the nation.

Singer has a 23-8 overall record with a 3.15 ERA. He ranks seventh in school history with 274 strikeouts. He was selected 18th overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 2018 MLB draft.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and Major League player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The College Baseball Foundation was established in 2004 and has inducted 71 greats into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The group promotes the highest ideals and recognition of greatness on college baseball diamonds in the 150-plus years since the first intercollegiate contest in 1859 between Amherst and Williams.