Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics
Bellows is on the initial list for the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award, as announced by the CBF and Mizuno, which for the first time since its creation in 2004, will honor the best shortstop in the nation. The Wallace Award had previously gone to the national player of the year, and the junior shortstop was chosen to that list ahead of the 2008 season after a Freshman All-America campaign in 2007.
The change was made in conjunction with the College Baseball Awards Show, which is new this year thanks to the partnership of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Dick Howser Trophy Committee. The Howser Trophy has recognized the country's top player for 23 years, and will remain in that capacity. Both the Howser and Wallace awards will be presented during the show on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas.
A local product out of San Jose's Santa Teresa High School, Bellows has started all 43 games he has played in this year, and is hitting .345 with a team-high 59 hits in 171 at-bats, with 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 34 runs scored, 29 RBI and a team-best nine steals.
The watch list features 38 shortstops from around the country, including three each from the Big 12, ACC, Big West and Conference USA. Bellows is one of two shortstops from the Western Athletic Conference, with the other being Bryan Marquez (.393, 18 HR, 60 RBI) of New Mexico State. There are seven candidates from California schools.
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