USA Baseball Announces Golden
Spikes Watch List
USA Baseball released its preseason Golden Spikes
Award Watch List. The award is sponsored by Major League
Baseball and will be presented for the 32nd time.
list of 50 players is highlighted by San Diego State
right-hander Stephen Strasburg (right), who was a 2008 Golden
Spikes Award semifinalist. Strasburg was 8-3 a season ago with
16 walks and 133 strikeouts. This past summer, Strasburg pitched
for the USA Baseball National (Collegiate) and Olympic Teams. He
was 3-0 with 48 strikeouts for the National Team. Strasburg was
the only collegian on the bronze medal Olympic Team, fanning 16
in 11 innings.
Other 2008 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists on
this season’s watch list include Dustin Ackley and Alex White of
North Carolina, Kentrail Davis of Tennessee and Chris Dominguez.
There are three players each from LSU and North
Carolina on the watch list. The Pac-10 and SEC lead the
conferences with eight players on the watch list, followed by
the ACC with six and the Big 12 with five.
USA Baseball will cut the watch list to 30 on May
26. That list will be sent to the voting body consisting of
select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball
National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA
Baseball sports information directors, and current USA Baseball
staff. There are nearly 150 voters in all.
Fan voting will again be available on May 26 at
goldenspikesaward.com. Voters will be asked to select five
players from the list of 30.
USA Baseball will announce the five finalists on
June 2, and voting will resume that day.
The 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be
presented on July 15 in St. Louis in conjunction with the Major
League All-Star Game.
Past winners of the
Golden Spikes Award
2008 Buster Posey, C, Jr., Florida
2007 David Price, LHP, Jr., Vanderbilt
2006 Tim Lincecum, RHP, Jr., Washington
2005 Alex Gordon, 3B, Jr., Nebraska
2004 Jered Weaver, RHP, Jr., Long Beach State
2003 Rickie Weeks, 2B, Jr., Southern
2002 Khalil Greene, SS, Sr., Clemson
2001 Mark Prior, RHP, Jr., USC
2000 Kip Bouknight, RHP, Jr., South Carolina
1999 Jason Jennings, RHP, Jr., Baylor
1998 Pat Burrell, 3B, Jr., Miami (Fla.)
1997 J.D. Drew, OF, Jr., Florida State
1996 Travis Lee, 1B, So., San Diego State
1995 Mark Kotsay, OF, So., Cal State Fullerton
1994 Jason Varitek, C, Sr., Georgia Tech
1993 Darren Dreifort, RHP, Jr., Wichita State
1992 Phil Nevin, 3B, Jr., Cal State Fullerton
1991 Mike Kelly, OF, Jr., Arizona State
1990 Alex Fernandez, RHP, So., Miami Dade CC
1989 Ben McDonald, RHP, Jr., LSU
1988 Robin Ventura, 3B, Jr., Oklahoma State
1987 Jim Abbott, LHP, So., Michigan
1986 Mike Loynd, RHP, Sr., Florida State
1985 Will Clark, 1B, Jr., Mississippi State
1984 Oddibe McDowell, OF, Jr., Arizona State
1983 Dave Magadan, 1B, Jr., Alabama
1982 Augie Schmidt, SS, Jr., New Orleans
1981 Mike Fuentes, OF, Jr., Florida State
1980 Terry Francona, OF, Jr., Arizona
1979 Tim Wallach, 1B, Jr., Cal State Fullerton
1978 Bob Horner, 3B, Jr., Arizona State
2009 Preseason Golden
Spikes Award Watch List
Name, School, Pos, Class
Jason Stoffel, Arizona, RHP, Jr.
Jason Kipnis, Arizona State, OF, Jr.
Mike Leake, Arizona State, RHP/IF, Jr.
Kendal Volz, Baylor, RHP, Jr.
Josh Fellhauer, Cal State Fullerton, OF, Jr.
Blake Smith, California, OF/RHP, Jr.
Brett Jackson, California, OF, Jr.
Shane Davis, Canisius, LHP, So.
Rob Lyerly, Charlotte, OF/1B, Jr.
Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina, 3B, So.
Brandon Sizemore, College of Charleston, 2B, Sr.
Cory Harrilchak, Elon, OF, Sr.
Matt den Dekker, Florida, OF, Jr.
Robbie Shields, Florida Southern, SS, Jr.
Tom Mendonca, Fresno State, 3B, Jr.
Alan Ahmady, Fresno State, 1B, Jr.
Rich Poythress, Georgia, 1B, Jr.
Derek Dietrich, Georgia Tech, SS, So.
Josh Phegley, Indiana, C, Jr.
Ben Tootle, Jacksonville State, RHP, Jr.
Greg Rohan, Kent State, 1B, Sr.
Chris Dominguez, Louisville, 3B, Jr.
Justin Marks, Louisville, LHP, Jr.
Blake Dean, LSU, OF, Jr.
D.J. LeMahieu, LSU, SS, So.
Micah Gibbs, LSU, C, So.
Nate Lape, Marshall, OF, Sr.
Chris Hernandez, Miami (Fla.), LHP, So.
Ryan Jackson, Miami (Fla.), SS, Jr.
Chris Fetter, Michigan, RHP, Sr.
Scott Bittle, Mississippi, RHP, Sr.
Kyle Gibson, Missouri, RHP, Jr.
Tim Clubb, Missouri State, RHP, Jr.
Alex White, North Carolina, RHP, Jr.
Dustin Ackley, North Carolina, 1B, Jr.
Matt Harvey, North Carolina, RHP, So.
A.J. Pollock, Notre Dame, OF, Jr.
Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma State, LHP, Jr.
Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State, LHP, Jr.
Jerry Sulivan, Oral Roberts, RHP, Jr.
Ryan Ortiz, Oregon State, C, Jr.
Diego Seastrunk, Rice, C, Jr.
A.J. Griffin, San Diego, RHP, Jr.
Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State, RHP, Jr.
Jeff Inman, Stanford, RHP, Jr.
Kentrail Davis, Tennessee, OF, So.
Luke Anders, Texas A&M, 1B, Sr.
Eric Pettis, UC Irvine, RHP, Jr.
Grant Green, USC, SS, Jr.
Mike Minor, Vanderbilt, LHP, Jr.
(photo courtesy of SDSU Media