Joey Walls Jr named to 2022 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list

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Joey Walls hitting during UNLV's series against the Nevada Wolf Pack. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

Junior Hustlin’ Rebel Joey Walls Jr has been named to the 2022 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list presented by SR Bats. 

Walls is the first Rebel to earn a spot on the Bobby Bragan Award watch list. 

The award has been presented to the top D1 hitter in the nation since 2020. Originally, it was launched in Texas to recognize the top D1 hitter in the state based on performance at the plate, academics, and personal integrity/community service. 

So far in his time in the scarlet and gray, Walls has started in 34 games with 32 at right field and two as designated hitter. 

Walls currently leads the nation in doubles (21), sits at 30th in the nation for batting average (.394), ranks 31st in the nation for slugging percentage (.727), tied for fourth in the Mountain West (MW) for RBI (40) and runs scored (45), while ranking second in the conference for OPS (1.202). 

Through all of his hard work on and off the field, this isn’t his first time getting recognized this season. 

Walls was selected as MW Player of the Week and the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy National Player of the Week back in early April during the same week. He led the Rebels to a 4-0 record, including the series sweep at New Mexico. 

During the single-game contest against ASU played at the Las Vegas Ballpark, Walls went 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs. 

Against New Mexico that following weekend (April 1-3), Walls went 10-for-14 batting .714 with only two strikeouts and two walks. 

The winner of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award will be announced in June and honored at a gala in the fall.

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