All-American candidate Taylor Jungmann, a junior right-hander and the No. 1 starter of the Texas Longhorns this season, has been awarded one of college baseball’s most prestigious prizes as the 2011 winner of the Dick Howser Trophy.
The award, presented annually in memory of the former Florida State All-American, major-league player and manager of both the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals, is given to college baseball’s Player of the Year.
Jungmann is the sixth recipient of the award from the Big 12. The Texas pitching ace posted an overall record of 13-3 this season, with an impressive 1.60 earned run average, in leading the Longhorns to the record 34th College World Series appearance. He was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and was selected as the top pick, 12th overall, of the Milwaukee Brewers in the recent MLB amateur draft.
Previous Big 12 winners of the Dick Howser Trophy are Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State. 1988), Scott Bryant (Texas, 1989), Brooks Kieschnick (Texas, 1992 and 1993), Jason Jennings (Baylor, 1999) and Alex Gordon (Nebraska, 2005).