Dec. 5, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Washington State University senior pitcher/outfielder Jared Prince was placed on the 2009 preseason "watch list" for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award. The award is named after the Texas Tech standout shortstop who lost his battle with cancer and passed away in 1985 at age 27.
Prince, a native of Poulsbo, Wash., made a swift impact with the Cougars in his freshman year as he led the Pacific-10 and ranked 24th nationally in batting average (.401). He led WSU with 58 RBI and was named All-Pac-10 First Team, as well as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Prince also appeared in 15 games on the mound for the Cougars, finishing with a 6-2 record and 4.53 ERA. As a sophomore in 2007 Prince batted .316 against Pac-10 opponents. He recorded 16 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. Prince was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
During his junior campaign last spring, Prince batted .306 and collected 22 extra-base hits while posting a 2-2 mark on the mound in a dozen appearances. After three seasons with the Cougars, Prince is a career .330 hitter with 17 home runs and 123 RBI. He has also posted an 8-4 record on the mound in 30 appearances over 106 2/3 innings. During the summer of 2008, Prince played for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. There he hit .310 in 20 games and finished with a 2-0 record on the mound. Prince also had 26 strikeouts and just four walks in 24 innings pitched.
Recent winners of the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award include Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price (2007, Vanderbilt), Kansas City Royals third baseman Alex Gordon (2005, Nebraska), and Oakland A's catcher Kurt Suzuki (2004, Cal State Fullerton).