After a breakout freshman campaign a season ago, Vanderbilt’s Zach King has been tabbed as a name to watch entering the 2018 season.
The left-handed sophomore was named to the initial watch list for the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball.
King is among 52 players on the list, with a league-leading eight coming from the Southeastern Conference. The Spring Hill, Tenn. native recorded a team-high 25 appearances out of the bullpen in 2017, posting a 2.56 ERA.
The southpaw limited opponents to a .174 batting average in 38.2 innings while striking out 31 hitters. King brought home arguably his finest appearance of the season on May 7 against Missouri when he tossed 5.1 no-hit innings of relief while earning the win.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-America team, Division I, II and III Players of the Week and Division I, II and III Players of the Year.