Brady Singer wins Dick Howser Trophy

OMAHA, Neb. — Brady Singer added to his collection of hardware on Friday afternoon. The junior pitcher and 18th pick of the Kansas City Royals was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy, presented to college baseball’s Player of the Year.

Singer was a consensus First Team All-American,’s National Player of the Year and voted the 2018 SEC Pitcher of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Singer is the second Florida Gator to win the award. Mike Zunino collected the honor in 2012.

Singer brings a 12-1 record into the College World Series. His 2.30 ERA leads the SEC. Batters are hitting just .187 off of Singer this season, which, you guessed it, also leads the SEC. in his career Singer has compiled a 23-8 record and a 3.15 ERA. His 274 strikeouts ranks seventh all-time at Florida.

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.

Singer will kick off the College World Series for the Gators when they open up play on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. against Texas Tech.

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