CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- University of Miami junior AJ Salcines was among the 75 relievers named to the initial watch list for the ninth annual Stopper of the Year Award, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Friday.
Salcines, who was named a Preseason All-American by the NCBWA in December, anchored the Hurricanes' bullpen in his sophomore campaign. The southpaw ranked first among all Canes pitchers with an ERA of 1.40, having allowed only six earned runs in 38.2 innings of work.
The Miami, Fla., native tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2012 with 39 appearances on the hill, while his seven saves tied for seventh-most among all ACC relievers. The lefthander held hitters to a paltry .193 batting average on the season, boasted a 44:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and maintained a flawless 3-0 record.
To close out his impressive sophomore season, Salcines was one of three Hurricanes named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team.
The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 16, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
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-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.
The Miami Hurricanes open their 2013 regular season with a weekend series against visiting Rutgers beginning Feb. 15 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. To buy baseball season tickets, starting as low as $90, visit CanesTix.com.