LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior shortstop Kurt Wilson was named to the initial 2022 Brooks Wallace Award watch list, the College Baseball Foundation announced Tuesday. The award honors the nation’s top shortstop.
The award, sponsored by Mizuno, will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27. A group of 100 of the most talented athletes in Division I college baseball headline the watch list.
“The shortstop position may be being redefined a bit,” said Larry Wallace, co-chair of the Brooks Wallace Award. “So many shortstops in the game today are hitting with power and high batting averages that at one time weren’t considered a characteristic of the position. But we are proud to announce our top 100 shortstops who are showing they are some of the best in the game, regardless of position.”
Wilson is hitting .304 with seven home runs and 36 RBI to go with a .958 fielding percentage. He led the Red Raiders to two walk-off wins against Texas in early March on back-to-back days, stealing home to win the first game and hitting a grand slam home run in the second.
“We start the selection process with some 308 shortstops from 31 conferences,” said Tom Quigley, co-chair of the Brooks Wallace Award. “Having a weekly award winner has sped up our coverage and allows us to follow the players much earlier in the season. Keep playing hard, field your position, and represent your team with class in the same fashion Brooks did in his playing days at Texas Tech.”
Last season, Texas Tech’s Cal Conley was among the first 100 players unveiled to the initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award and was named the winner. Conley was the first Red Raider to win the award, which was established in 2004.
For more information on the Wallace Award or the Night of Champions event, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.