SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson, who has compiled a 6-1 record and 2.47 ERA on the mound for Cal Poly this season, is one of 51 baseball players on the initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Anderson (6-2, 195, Aptos, CA/Aptos HS), Cal Poly's Saturday starter since the second week of the 2012 season, has struck out 41 batters and has walked only 12 in 65 2/3 innings. His only loss of the year was in a 4-1 decision at Minnesota on March 18.
Anderson has pitched two complete games this season -- a six-hit shutout with a career-high 11 strikeouts against Washington on March 10 and a 7-4 win over San Diego State on March 24, scattering 10 hits with five strikeouts.
The triumph over Washington marked Cal Poly's first complete-game shutout in five years.
"Kyle has had a breakthrough season and we have really been tough to beat with Kyle on the mound," said Mustang head coach Larry Lee. "He has been very competitive and is able to make quality pitches consistently.
"Kyle has a very good walks-to-innings-pitched ratio (1.64)," Lee added. "He has been a workhorse over the course of the season and we definitely wouldn't be where we are today without his contributions."
Anderson finished his junior campaign with a 3-5 record and 4.26 ERA, pitching six scoreless innings for a win against Valparaiso, five scoreless frames for another win against Santa Clara and allowed one run and five hits in six innings for his third win at Stanford.
In 2010 he appeared in 13 games with 11 starts as a sophomore. Anderson was a weekend starter in the first six weeks of the season before moving into the role of starter for midweek games. He compiled a 3-4 win-loss record and 9.10 ERA.
In 2009, Anderson appeared in four games on the mound as a true freshman, all midweek starts. He compiled an 0-2 record and 7.88 ERA.
Anderson was a three-year varsity letter winner at Aptos High School, earning first-team All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and first-team All-Santa Cruz County honors as a senior in 2008. He played in the 2002 Little League World Series in Williamsport. PA.
Anderson's career marks with five weeks to go in the 2012 regular season include a 12-12 win-loss record and 5.49 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 55 walks in 185 1/3 innings.
Winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award will be announced on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year's Hall of Fame class.
"The pitchers featured on this top 50 list have been dominant all season," said Justin Knowles, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "They have impressive individual game statistics as well as season-long numbers that justify their inclusion on the list. I look forward to seeing how they finish the last month of the season."
Three players on the list can boast ERAs below 1.00. Marcus Stroman from Duke leads the list in strikeouts with 102. Brady Rogers from Arizona State leads in innings pitched at 77 1/3. Florida Atlantic's R.J. Alvarez has given up the fewest walks with only eight in 29 2/3 innings pitched.
The SEC features nine players on the watch list, the most of any conference in the country. Geographically, the West Coast dominates the list with 12 players from the Pac-12, Big West and West Coast conferences combined. There are 16 conferences represented on the list.
In addition to Anderson, the Big West is represented by Michael Lorenzen of Cal State Fullerton, Dayne Quist of UC Davis and Andrew Vasquez of UC Santa Barbara.
"I think it just goes to show how balanced college baseball is," said co-chair Landon Holly. "From large schools and conferences to smaller programs, there are dominant pitchers across the country. These players have put up tremendous numbers and deserve this recognition."