Three Big 12 baseball pitchers have been named to the initial watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced. Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma), Vince Wheeland (Oklahoma State) and Trey Masek (Texas Tech) represent the Big 12 on the list.
The award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29, features 38 players total.
Gray, who this season became the first Sooner to win three Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors, is fourth in the Big 12 with a 1.19 ERA and leads the league with 81 strikeouts. He is also second in the Big 12 in opponent batting average (.164), innings pitched (68.1) and wins (6). The junior has started nine games for the Sooners this season, allowing just nine earned runs.
Wheeland is 6-0 on the season with a 1.85 ERA over 17 appearances, a mark that ranks fifth in the Big 12. He is also fifth in the league in strikeouts with 8.69 per game and seventh in opponent batting average with a .218 mark.
Through Saturday’s games, Masek ranks first in the nation with a 0.23 ERA having allowed just one earned run over 40.0 innings pitched. He leads the Big 12 with a .158 opponent batting average and is also in the top 10 in strikeouts per game with 6.75. Masek is 3-0 in five starts this season.