Sophomore starting pitcher Taylor Clarke has been selected to the Gregg Olson Award Watch List, the organization announced Monday night.
Clarke is one of 80 players nationwide selected to the list, made to honor college baseball’s “Breakout Player of the Year.”
The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star. Like Olson, the 80 nominees have elevated their game to an elite level and in many instances their team has mirrored their success as a direct result.
Clarke transferred to College of Charleston prior to this season from Towson where he suffered season-ending Tommy John surgery. In his freshman year in 2012, Clarke had a 1-4 record with a 3.88 ERA.
This season, Clarke has become CofC’s top starting pitcher with a league-best record of 9-3. He ranks 15th in the nation in wins and ranks second in the CAA with an opposing batting average of just .206. He sports a 2.55 ERA and has tallied seven quality starts this season, including six in his last seven starts.
Clarke was the only representative of the CAA on the list.
Semifinalists are slated to be named Friday, May 20th at the start of NCAA Regional play and the finalists are scheduled to be announced on Friday, June 6th at the beginning of Super Regional action. The winner of the 2014 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series.