LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball’s Clayton Beeter was one of 70 players named to the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Stopper of the Year Award, given annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I Baseball, the association announced Monday.
This is the second preseason honor for Beeter, who was one of six Red Raiders to earn a preseason All-Big 12 selection. He joins Corey Taylor (2015) and John Neely (2011-12) as Red Raiders who have garnered attention for the award.
A redshirt sophomore right-hander from Colleyville, Texas, Beeter is one of three pitchers from the Big 12 Conference to be recognized.
Beeter turned in a freshman All-America campaign in 2019 while receiving All-Big 12 second team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors. He racked up eight saves to rank third in the Big 12 and struck out 40 batters in just 20.2 innings of work on his way to a 3.48 ERA.
Beeter’s eight saves came up two of matching the school’s single-season record. He heads into 2020 tied for eighth on the school’s career saves list, needing just nine more to match the school record.
The Red Raiders open the season on Friday against Houston Baptist to kick off a four-game weekend that also includes Northern Colorado. Texas Tech enters the season ranked as high as No. 3 in the preseason polls after winning the Big 12 Championship and making its deepest run at the College World Series last season.