Justin Parr Named Semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy

Senior Justin Parr is one of 40 semifinalists up for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.
Senior Justin Parr is one of 40 semifinalists up for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

May 16, 2013

Complete NCBWA Release

DALLAS - Senior Justin Parr was named a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, announced the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Thursday. Parr is among 40 semifinalists up for the award, which is given to the top player in collegiate baseball, after two rounds of national voting.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

Parr is one of two Big Ten players on the list along with Indiana's Kyle Schwarber. The Chillicothe, Ill., native entered the week with the second-best average in the NCAA which is currently at .429. He also turned in the second-longest hitting streak in the NCAA in 2013 with a school-record mark of 33 games. The Illini center fielder leads the team with 26 multi-hit games and hit for the cycle earlier this season.

He ranks in the top 10 in the nation in hits (85), which leads the conference, and holds the top spot in the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.484), total bases (125), RBI (51) and fielding percentage (1.000). He also sits in the top five in five other conference categories: slugging (2nd, .631), triples (2nd, 4), home runs (T-4th, 6), runs (5th, 41) and doubles (T-5th, 14).

This is the 27th year of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 6. The 2013 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the third year. The winner will be unveiled on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. CT, the opening day of the 2013 CWS.

2013 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists
Pos. Name, School
Mark Appel, SP, Stanford
Aaron Attaway, SS, Western Carolina
Nick Backlund, DH, Mercer
Michael Bass, 2B, UNC Wilmington
Tyler Beede, SP, Vanderbilt
Aaron Berg, RP, UCLA
Alex Bregman, SS, LSU
Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
Danny Collins, OF, Troy
L.B. Dantzler, 1B, South Carolina
Brandon Dixon, 3B, Arizona
Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin
Kent Emmanuel, SP, North Carolina
Zane Evans, C, Georgia Tech
Brent Graham, SS, Campbell
Jonathan Gray, SP, Oklahoma
C.K. Irby, Utility, Samford
Mason Katz, 1B, LSU
Ryan Kellogg, SP, Arizona State
Tony Kemp, 2B, Vanderbilt
Michael Lorenzen, Utility, Cal State Fullerton
L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, Connecticut
Kyle McGowin, SP, Savannah State
Brian Miller, RP, Vanderbilt
Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
Aaron Nola, SP, LSU
Matt Oberste, DH, Oklahoma
Daniel Palka, OF, Georgia Tech
Justin Parr, OF, Illinois
D.J. Peterson, 1B, New Mexico
Hunter Renfro, OF, Mississippi State
Tanner Rust, C, New Mexico State
Jimmie Scherfy, RP, Oregon
Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana
Cody Stubbs, 1B, North Carolina
Stewart Turner, C, Ole Miss
Trea Turner, SS, NC State
Tyler Webb, RP, South Carolina
Jimmy Yezzo, 1B, Delaware
Ty Young, 3B, Louisville