It has been a bust day for USC sophomore right-hander Matt Price. He was selected in sixth round of the MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the 184th overall pick and was the second current Gamecock selected.
Also today, Price was named a finalist for the 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year award.
Price, an All-SEC selection and a semifinalist for the Howser Award, is a 5-3 with 17 saves and a 2.25 ERA.
This year’s finalists include Price, Kyle McMillen of Kent State and Bo Reeder of East Tennessee State, along with Branden Kline of Virginia and Corey Knebel of Texas.
More than 50 of the nation’s top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.
The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced Tuesday, June 21, during the 2011 College World Series.