The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has announced the finalists for the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award for the 2018 season.
“We are extremely excited to name these outstanding young men as finalists,” said Tracy Taylor, Executive Director of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation and Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award. “Each of these student-athletes had a great year at the plate and are even better representatives of their programs and schools.”
Kody Clemens, Jr. – University of Texas. Kody was named the Big 12 Player Of The Year while leading the league in homers (19, 7th nationally), total bases and slugging percentage. UT will host an NCAA Regional this weekend. Kody is a Communications major who is described as “a fierce competitor who takes pride in his leadership both on and off the field”.
Devlin Granberg, Sr – Dallas Baptist University. Devlin was named the Missouri Valley Conference Hitter of the year after leading the league in virtually every offensive category. His .426 average led the MVC and ranked him third nationally. Delvin will lead the Patriots into the Arkansas Regional in Fayetteville. Devlin is a Kinesiology major who carries a 4.0 GPA.
Josh Jung, Soph. – Texas Tech University. Josh led the Big 12 in batting average (.381), runs (63) and RBI (73, 5th nationally). He was a first team, All-Big 12 performer following a freshman of the year campaign in 2017. Tech will host an NCAA Regional. Josh is a Communications major who was on the Dean’s List in the fall.
Joe Davis amassed eight hits in 18 at bats (.444 average) in conference tournament play versus East Carolina to capture Player of the Week honors.
The Houston Cougars infielder drove in 12 runs, smashed three homers and had two doubles. Davis was also Player of the Week in Week 5 of this season.
The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award (BBCSA) announced today that nine players have been added to its watch list for the 2018 college baseball season. The nine mid-season additions now gives the watch list a total of 34 players. There were 25 players on the watch list to open the 2018 season. The BBCSA is based on performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity and was open to nominations from all Division I baseball programs in Texas.
The new additions to the watch list include Incarnate Word’s Kyle Bergeron (.352 batting average), Texas Southern’s Kamren Dukes (.411), Incarnate Word’s Eddy Gonzalez (.389), Sam Houston State’s Clayton Harp (.346), Texas A&M’s Michael Helman (.395), Texas Tech’s Grant Little (.404), Incarnate Word’s Ridge Rogers (.358), Abilene Christian’s Derek Scott (.297) and Houston’s Jared Triolo (.364).
The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award (BBCSA) has announced the players on its “Watch List” for the 2018 college baseball season. The award, created by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, was open to nominations from all Division I baseball programs in Texas. There are 25 players from 18 programs on the “Watch List” this season. The BBCSA is based on performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity.
Texas Tech’s Hunter Hargrove was the winner of the inaugural BBCSA last season. Hargrove was the Co-Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference in 2017. He was selected in the 25th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics organization.
Following a successful and competitive first year, the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award is getting set to release the watch list for its second season.
Hunter Hargrove of Texas Tech was the award’s inaugural winner in 2017. Hargrove will serve on this year’s selection committee.
The Slugger Award honors the Texas Division I slugger who excels on the field, in the dugout and in the classroom.
Check back on this website Feb. 12 for the announcement of the watch list for 2018 and don’t forget to follow the Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates straight to your timeline.
Monday, Oct. 30 would have been Bobby Bragan’s 100th birthday and the City of Fort Worth proclaimed it “Bobby Bragan Day.”
Click here to view the official proclamation from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
Bobby, who passed away at age 92 in 2010, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on Oct. 30, 1917. He was known as “Mr. Baseball” in Fort Worth due to his long baseball career, as well as the fact that he was the player/manager of the Fort Worth Cats from 1948-1952. Bragan played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and would go on to manage in the majors for the Pirates, Indians and Braves. He managed a number of great baseball players including Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn just to name a few.
His legacy continues through the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation which has supported youth scholarships across the Metroplex for 26 years and the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award, which is presented to the Texas Division I college baseball player who performs best at the plate and in the classroom.