Turner Wins Brooks Wallace Award
June 27, 2014
Trea Turner captured the Brooks Wallace Award, announced Friday by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and designated for the top shortstop in the nation, becoming the first player in Wolfpack baseball history to win the honor.
The award, sponsored by Mizuno, is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at age 27 after a battle with leukemia.
"Trea embodies the meaning of the Brooks Wallace Award, from his ability to deliver results on the field to his commitment and camaraderie to the team around him," said Steve Mikolajczak, team sports division brand manager, Mizuno USA. "We congratulate Trea on his selection as the 2014 Brooks Wallace Award recipient, and expect to see even more greatness from him in professional baseball."
A Lake Worth, Fla. native, Turner set school records for 57 stolen bases during his freshman year, and 117 swiped bags in three seasons for the career mark. He boasted a .321 batting average, eight home runs, 36 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases in 2014. Turner was drafted 13th overall by the San Diego Padres in the First-Year Player Draft.