Strasburg Wins Golden Spikes
Diego State junior right-hander Stephen Strasburg won the 2009
USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, which was presented at the
Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in St. Louis. The award
goes to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
Dustin Ackley of North Carolina, Mike Leake of
Arizona State, Kent Matthes of Alabama and A.J. Morris of Kansas
State were the other finalists for the award.
The National Player of the Year and the winner of
the Dick Howser Trophy, Strasburg posted a record of 13-1 with a
1.32 ERA. He led the nation with 195 strikeouts. Strasburg was
the No. 1 over pick in the 2009 MLB draft by the Washington
Strasburg is the third pitcher to win the award
in the past four years, as David Price of Vanderbilt won in 2007
and Tim Lincecum took it in 2006. Strasburg is the second Aztec
to capture the award, as Travis Lee claimed the award in 1996.
Since 1978 USA Baseball has honored the top
amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes
Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the trophy to
Bob Horner of Arizona State, it has been awarded each year to
the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and
The 2008 winner was Buster Posey of Florida
State. Past winners of the award include current Major League
Baseball players such as David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06),
Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03),
Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell ('98),
J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94).
Former Major League stars that have captured the award include
Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave
Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob
(photo courtesy of SDSU Media