GREGG OLSON AWARD HONORS COLLEGE BASEBALL'S BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NEWS: ARKANSAS’ ANDREW BENINTENDI AND MERCER’S KYLE LEWIS SHARE HONOR FOR 2015 GREGG OLSON AWARD
The Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports, is an honor to be presented to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The annual award is given to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.
After a freshman season at Auburn filled with only mixed success, Gregg Olson became one of the top collegiate players in the nation during an outstanding, unprecedented sophomore season. Despite being omitted from any preseason All American lists, Olson went on to lead the entire nation in ERA with a 1.26 mark and compiled an incredible 11-1 record with 10 saves for the Tigers.
Following a summer pitching for the USA National Team where he lead the club in strikeouts, Olson returned to Auburn for another spectacular season. He led the SEC with a 2.00 ERA and amassed a triple-digit strikeout total, issuing 113 K’s in only 72 innings with only 27 walks. He finished his collegiate career with back-to-back First Team All American honors, a 25-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 20 saves, 271 strikeouts and redefined the way college coaches used their top pitcher.
Olson went on to be selected in the first round of the 1988 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles where he made an immediate impact. He won the 1989 American League Rookie of the Year Award and was named to the All Star team in just his second season in the major leagues. In a 14-year career as a reliever, Olson compiled 217 saves with a 40-39 record, 588 strikeouts, and a 3.46 ERA in 672 innings pitched.
The Olson Award has been developed to honor college baseball’s success stories and showcase players like Olson who have raised the level of their game through hard work, strength of mind and determination. Eligible players will be those who are omitted from major publication’s preseason All American prognostications; however by the end of the season their on the field performance will demonstrate that they are among the top amateur baseball players in the nation.