The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released its “Stopper Watch List,” the preliminary list of college pitchers who shall be considered for the annual award given to the best reliever in college baseball. The list is narrowed down over the season, with the award announced on June 15. (No Valley Leaguer has won this award since it was established in 2005.)

Five former Valley Leaguers have made the initial 75-person watch list:

  • John Barr (Winchester 2015-15), from New Orleans. John was the 13th best reliever in the league in 2015, and 15th best starter the next year. He was also named to Collegiate Baseball’s preseason All-Southland Conference team. (See the article with his stats here.)
  • Richmond’s Layne Looney (Charlottesville 2017) made the list. Layne was the 12th best reliever in the league in 2017, and made NCBWA’s pre-season All-America third team. (See the article with his stats here.)
  • Reeves Martin (New Market 2018), also from New Orleans. Reeves is the only player on this list who has not been honored in some other way this preseason. Reeves went 2-1, 5.24 for the Rebels last summer, with 25 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. For the Privateers last spring, he went 2-4, 3.40, with 9 saves and 55 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
  • Carson Spiers (Charlottesville 2017), from Clemson. Carson was also a pre-season All-ACC selection. (See article with his stats here.)
  • Dean Stramara (Staunton 2017), from Towson. Dean was named pre-season All-Conference in the CAA as well. (See the article with his stats here.)