Nov. 29, 2006
Houston, Texas - 2006 Roger Clemens Award semifinalist, Wes Roemer, again appears on the 2007 watch list, tracking the best collegiate pitcher in the country. The award is given each year by the Greater Houston Baseball Association and was won last year by North Carolina southpaw Andrew Miller.
The Cal State Fullerton junior has posted a 20-5 career record and a 2.90 career ERA with close to a 10:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (216:22) in his two-year Titan career.
Last season, the sophomore shored up the Friday night spot in the rotation, going 13-2 in 155 innings, walking just seven on the year to earn the Collegiate Baseball Co-National Player of the Year honor.
The finalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award will be selected in voting by a national panel that includes: all Division 1 head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover collegiate baseball, the 16 winners of the R. E. "Bob" Smith Award, which was presented to the top player in the country in Houston in 1988-2003. In addition, the 10 previous finalists for the Clemens Award are also issued ballots. The 2007 award will be presented at a gala dinner next July.
The Roger Clemens Award is in its fourth year of existence, and was named after future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, who began his march to stardom while leading the University of Texas to the College World Series title in 1983. As a major leaguer, Clemens has won 348 games (eighth best in history), fanned more than 4,600 hitters and won seven Cy Young Awards, emblematic as the top pitcher in his league. The Roger Clemens Award is the only award of its kind, honoring the finest pitchers in college baseball. The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, which has donated more than \$300,000 to the charities from the net proceeds from the first three dinners. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.