Early Saturday morning the NCAA awarded University of San Diego first baseman/third baseman Kris Bryant the Dick Howser trophy. The award is annually given to the national college baseball player of the year and is considered the Heisman Trophy of college baseball.
The award is named after former NCAA and MLB player and manager Dick Howser, who died of brain cancer in 1987 at 51. That year the award was established by Howser’s friends and presented to University of Miami (FL) outfielder Mike Fiore.
Bryant, 21, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs 2nd overall in the 2013 MLB Draft. Bryant led the nation with 31 home runs and surpassed the record set by Victor Roach of Georgia Southern in 2011. He also recorded 62 RBIs, .329 AVG, and OBP .493 this season.
He was also named one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award given to the best amateur baseball player in the United States and a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and the College Baseball News National Player of the Year.