Todd Roth Named to Wallace Award Watch List

2009Brooks Wallace Award WatchList

PHILADELPHIAJunior pitcher Todd Roth has been named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

Roth, the 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has led the Ancient Eight in both ERA and opponents’ batting average each of his first two seasons in the league. He has twice been honored as Big 5 Pitcher of the Year, sharing the award in 2007 and claiming sole possession last season. He was honored as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America his rookie season and was a first-team All-Ivy selection that season as well.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Todd,” W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball John Cole said. “His consistency on the mound is why people around the country have started to take notice of him. We are looking forward to a successful 2009 season from him.”

Roth, already a two-time captain of the Red and Blue, is one of just three Ivy League ballplayers on the watch list that includes 104 players from around the country. Previous winners include Florida State’s Buster Posey, who won the award in 2008 and was drafted fifth overall in that season’s Major League Baseball Draft. Vanderbilt’s David Price captured the award in 2007 – the same year he was selected first overall in the draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched in the World Series for Tampa Bay this past fall.

Roth has a career ERA of 2.14 over 130.1 innings spanning 27 appearances. He has struck out 116 batters in his two seasons.

Download: Wallace Award Watch List.pdf