Elledge, Landwehr, Young Named to NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List
Monday, February 13, 2017
Elledge, Landwehr, Young Named to NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dallas Baptist's Seth Elledge, Illinois State's Jack Landwehr and Missouri State's Bryan Young have been named to the initial watch list for the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

Seth Elledge, Jr., RHP, Dallas Baptist (Frisco, Texas)
Elledge, a junior from Frisco, Texas, is coming off a year in which he led the Missouri Valley Conference in saves with 14, a mark that tied for the second most in DBU's NCAA Division I history dating back to 2004.  Last year, Elledge was tabbed to the NCBWA Midseason Watch List and was named both a First Team All-MVC and an ABCA Second Team All-Midwest Region selection.

Jack Landwehr, Sr., RHP, Illinois State (Mt. Prospect, Ill.)
Landwehr, a senior from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, made 32 appearances in relief in 2016. He finished the year 4-3 with five saves and a 2.89 ERA. He also struck out 33 in 37.1 innings.

Bryan Young, Sr., RHP, Missouri State (Kansas City, Mo.)
A 2017 preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, Young is coming off one of the more dominant two-year stretches ever produced by a Bears reliever. He became Missouri State's 10th first-team All-American after setting a school record with 16 saves in 2015. The right-hander led the MVC and ranked third nationally in saves, while logging a perfect 7-0 record and a 1.30 earned run average. The MSU closer earned first-team All-America recognition from the NCBWA, as well as third-team honors from both Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball at the conclusion of the season.

Young, who was one of five finalists for the 2015 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, picked up right where he left off as a sophomore, logging a 1.31 earned run average, while saving 11 games in his 24 mound appearances last season. The Kansas City, Mo., native owns the MSU career saves record with 27 and enters the 2017 campaign second on the Bears' all-time ERA list (1.74).

About the Award
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The 2017 Stopper of the Year Watch List will be updated with a mid-season release on Wednesday, April 26, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 7, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional competition.

The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced at the 2017 College World Series.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

2017 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

Frankie Bartow

Miami (Fla.)

So.

Atlantic Coast

Robert Broom

Mercer

So.

Southern

Wyatt Burns

Samford

So.

Southern

Mike Cassala

Jacksonville

So.

Atlantic Sun

Michael Catlin

Longwood

Jr.

Big South

Yaya Chentouf

Pittsburgh

So.

Atlantic Coast

Zach Cook

Winthrop

R-Jr.

Big South

Sam Donko

VCU

Sr.

Atlantic 10

Dylan Drachler

Utah

Sr.

Pacific-12

Seth Elledge

Dallas Baptist

Jr.

Missouri Valley

Max Engelbrekt

Oregon State

Sr.

Pacific-12

Eder Erives

Arizona State

Sr.

Pacific-12

Michael Evans

James Madison

Sr.

Colonial Athletic

Durbin Feltman

TCU

So.

Big 12

David Gerber

Creighton

Sr.

Big East

Devin Gould

Longwood

Sr.

Big South

Kade Gramier

SE Louisiana

Jr.

Southland

Chase Haney

Florida State

So.

Atlantic Coast

Colton Hock

Stanford

Jr.

Pacific-12

Bobby Holmes

Coastal Carolina

Jr.

Sun Belt

Justin Hoyt

Jacksonville State

Jr.

Ohio Valley

Logan Hutchinson

Kennesaw State

Jr.

Atlantic Sun

Joe Ingle

East Carolina

Jr.

The American

Tyler Johnson

South Carolina

Jr.

Southeastern

Seth Kinker

Ohio State

Jr.

Big Ten

Jack Landwehr

Illinois State

Sr.

Missouri Valley

Carter Love

College of Charleston

Jr.

Colonial Athletic

Chad Luensmann

Nebraska

So.

Big Ten

Erik Martinez

California

Jr.

Pacific-12

Evan McMahan

Nevada

Sr.

Mountain West

Greg Minier

Washington

Sr.

Pacific-12

Troy Montemayor

Baylor

Jr.

Big 12

Dylan Moore

Louisiana

Jr.

Sun Belt

Samuel Myers

Cal State Northridge

Sr.

Big West

Kyle Nelson

UC Santa Barbara

Jr.

Big West

Hunter Newman

LSU

Sr.

Southeastern

Connor O’Neil

Cal State Northridge

Sr.

Big West

Glenn Otto

Rice

Jr.

Conference USA

Patrick Peterson

Dartmouth

Jr.

Ivy League

Cameron Ragsdale

Florida Atlantic

Sr.

Conference USA

Josh Reagan

South Carolina

Sr.

Southeastern

Rickey Ramirez

Fresno State

Jr.

Mountain West

Ryan Rigby

Mississippi State

Jr.

Southeastern

Chris Rivera

Long Beach State

So.

Big West

Jake Roehn

Ohio

Jr.

Mid-American

Mike Ruppenthal

Vanderbilt

Jr.

Southeastern

Nick Sandlin

Southern Miss

So.

Conference USA

Blake Smith

Mississippi State

Sr.

Southeastern

Jackson Sowell

WKU

Sr.

Conference USA

Erich Stahl

Kennesaw State

Sr.

Atlantic Sun

Tyler Starks

Stephen F. Austin

So.

Southland

Wil Stokes

Ole Miss

Jr.

Southeastern

Stephen Villines

Kansas

Sr.

Big 12

Ryan Walker

Washington State

Jr.

Pacific-12

Andrew Wantz

UNCG

Jr.

Southern

Brac Warren

Oregon

Jr.

Pacific-12

Brad Wegman

USC

Jr.

Pacific-12

Zach Wolf

Seattle

So.

Western Athletic

Brad Womacks

Oral Roberts

Sr.

Summit League

Bryan Young

Missouri State

Sr.

Missouri Valley