Mississippi State pitcher Ryan Rigby has been named to the preseason watch list for 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.

The award is given to college baseball’s top relief pitcher.

Rigby went 5-1 in 20 appearances during the 2016 season that saw the Bulldogs capture the SEC Regular Season Championship.

Rigby leads the Bulldogs’ returning pitching staff in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts.

The mid-season watch list will be revealed on April 26 and finalists will be announced June 7.

Rigby and the Bulldogs will begin the 2017 season Friday, Feb. 17 in Starkville against Texas Tech University.

Picture: Kelly Price, Hailstate.com

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