STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sophomore relief ace Jonathan Holder has been named to the midseason watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Tuesday.
Holder (1-0, 1.61), from Gulfport, Miss., shares the SEC lead with 12 saves and in two seasons has piled up 21 saves, tying for third-most in Mississippi State history.
He one of eight relief specialists from the SEC included on the 51-player mid-season watch list.
The national saves leader at the end of the 2013 regular season the national saves leader and four other bullpen aces will be announced June 5 as finalists for the award, with the winner announced during the NCAA College World Series in Omaha.
Holder has recorded 52 strikeouts in 28 innings and begins the week with a 3-1 career record and a 0.96 earned run average in 43 relief appearances.