Diggins is 9-4, 3.52, on the mound and is batting .347-9-34. He is the only one of the 12 semifinalists who has seen significant time as both a pitcher and hitter and is one of only two sophomores on the list.
Diggins, rated the top collegiate draft prospect in Baseball America's midseason collegiate update, is attempting to become just the second player in Pac-10 history to win 10 games and hit 10 home runs in the same season. He is only the fourth Arizona pitcher in the last 30 years to strike out at least 120 batters in a season. Diggins joins Jason Hendricks (1998) as the only Wildcats to be named a semifinalist for the Smith Award. The award, now in its 13th year, is voted on by baseball sports information directors. It is a national project of the Rotary Club of Houston and raises money for Rotary national charities, the Texas Children's Hospital and the Karl Young League.
SIDs will vote for three finalists over the next month, and the winner will be announced June 19.
2000 ROTARY SMITH AWARD SEMIFINALISTS Player School Pos. Year Kip Boutknight South Carolina RHP Jr. Taggart Bozied San Francisco 1B Jr. Brad Cresse LSU C Sr. Kyle Crowell Houston RHP Jr. Ben Diggins Arizona P/1B Jr. Todd Faulkner Auburn 1B Jr. Tyrell Godwin North Carolina OF Jr. Gabe Gross Auburn OF So. Mitch Jones Arizona State OF Sr. Xavier Nady California 3B Jr. Mark Teixeira Georgia Tech 3B So. Justin Wayne Stanford RHP Jr.