College World Series Most Outstanding Player
Awarded forBest player in the College World Series
CountryUnited States
First award1949-present
Most recentPaul Skenes, LSU

The College World Series Most Outstanding Player is an award for the best individual performance during the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The recipient of the award is announced at the completion of the College World Series Championship Game. The award is similar to Major League Baseball's World Series Most Valuable Player award.

Since 1999, the winner of the award has received a miniature replica of "The Road to Omaha" sculpture, which is situated at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The award measures 16 inches high.[1] There have been 10 recipients of this award who were on not on the winning team of the College World Series. The College World Series started in 1947 but the award was not given out until 1949.

Voting process

The press attending the championship series vote on the Most Outstanding Player during the game. In the fifth inning, ballots are distributed. The voting is closed by the eighth inning. The Most Outstanding Player is announced following the awarding of trophies to the runner-up and championship teams. If a third game of the championship series is necessary, the ballots taken during the second game are discarded, and a new round of balloting is conducted during the third and deciding game.


Year Links to the article about that corresponding College World Series
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Indicates team did not win the series
Year Name Position School
1949 Tom Hamilton First baseman Texas
1950 Ray Van Cleef Outfielder Rutgers§
1951 Sidney Hatfield Pitcher / First baseman Tennessee§
1952 James O'Neill Pitcher Holy Cross
1953 J. L. Smith Pitcher Texas§
1954 Tom Yewcic Catcher Michigan State§
1955 Tom Borland Pitcher Oklahoma A&M§
1956 Jerry Thomas Pitcher Minnesota
1957 Cal Emery Pitcher / First baseman Penn State§
1958 Bill Thom Pitcher Southern California
1959 Jim Dobson Third baseman Oklahoma State
1960 John Erickson Second baseman Minnesota
1961 Littleton Fowler Pitcher Oklahoma State§
1962 Bob Garibaldi Pitcher Santa Clara§
1963 Bud Hollowell Catcher Southern California
1964 Joe Ferris Pitcher Maine§
1965 Sal Bando Third baseman Arizona State
1966 Steve Arlin Pitcher Ohio State
1967 Ron Davini Catcher Arizona State
1968 Bill Seinsoth First baseman Southern California
1969 John Dolinsek Outfielder Arizona State
1970 Gene Ammann Pitcher Florida State§
1971 Jerry Tabb First baseman Tulsa§
1972 Russ McQueen Pitcher Southern California
1973 Dave Winfield Pitcher / Outfielder Minnesota§
1974 George Milke Pitcher Southern California
1975 Mickey Reichenbach First baseman Texas
1976 Steve Powers Pitcher / Designated hitter Arizona
1977 Bob Horner Third baseman Arizona State
1978 Rod Boxberger Pitcher Southern California
1979 Tony Hudson Pitcher Cal State Fullerton
1980 Terry Francona Outfielder Arizona
1981 Stan Holmes Outfielder Arizona State
1982 Dan Smith Pitcher Miami
1983 Calvin Schiraldi Pitcher Texas
1984 John Fishel First baseman / Outfielder Cal State Fullerton
1985 Greg Ellena Designated hitter Miami
1986 Mike Senne Outfielder Arizona
1987 Paul Carey Outfielder Stanford
1988 Lee Plemel Pitcher Stanford
1989 Greg Brummett Pitcher Wichita State
1990 Mike Rebhan Pitcher Georgia
1991 Gary Hymel Catcher LSU
1992 Phil Nevin Third baseman Cal State Fullerton§
1993 Todd Walker Second baseman LSU
1994 Chip Glass Outfielder Oklahoma
1995 Mark Kotsay Outfielder / Pitcher Cal State Fullerton
1996 Pat Burrell Outfielder Miami§
1997 Brandon Larson Shortstop LSU
1998 Wes Rachels Second baseman Southern California
1999 Marshall McDougall Second baseman Florida State§
2000 Trey Hodges Pitcher LSU
2001 Charlton Jimerson Outfielder Miami
2002 Huston Street Pitcher / Infielder Texas
2003 John Hudgins Pitcher Stanford§
2004 Jason Windsor Pitcher Cal State Fullerton
2005 David Maroul Third baseman Texas
2006 Jonah Nickerson Pitcher Oregon State
2007 Jorge Reyes Pitcher Oregon State
2008 Tommy Mendonca Third baseman Fresno State
2009 Jared Mitchell Outfielder LSU
2010 Jackie Bradley Jr. Outfielder South Carolina
2011 Scott Wingo Second baseman South Carolina
2012 Rob Refsnyder Outfielder Arizona
2013 Adam Plutko Pitcher UCLA
2014 Dansby Swanson Shortstop Vanderbilt
2015 Josh Sborz Pitcher Virginia
2016 Andrew Beckwith Pitcher Coastal Carolina
2017 Alex Faedo Pitcher Florida
2018 Adley Rutschman Catcher Oregon State
2019 Kumar Rocker Pitcher Vanderbilt
2020 Tournament canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Will Bednar Pitcher Mississippi State
2022 Dylan DeLucia Pitcher Ole Miss
2023 Paul Skenes Pitcher LSU


School Total
Arizona State 5
Cal State Fullerton 5
Texas 5
Arizona 4
Miami 4
Oklahoma State 3
Oregon State 3
Stanford 3
Florida State 2
South Carolina 2
Vanderbilt 2
Coastal Carolina 1
Georgia 1
Holy Cross 1
Florida 1
Maine 1
Michigan State 1
Minnesota 1
Mississippi State 1
Ohio State 1
Oklahoma 1
Ole Miss 1
Penn State 1
Rutgers 1
Santa Clara 1
Tennessee 1
Tulsa 1
Virginia Cavaliers 1
Wichita State 1

See also


  1. ^ "Road to Omaha Sculpture".