Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List Announced

I know this technically falls under “amateur baseball,” but it does dovetail nicely with Draft coverage, don’t you think?

USA Baseball announced the initial preseason Watch List for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the country annually. It’s sponsored by MLB and the Award will be presented to the winner for the 33rd time with a live presentation on Tuesday, July 13, at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Anaheim,
Calif. That will be broadcast live on MLB.com. You can read the entire release about the list at GoldenSpikesAward.com.

Some great names, obviously, on this initial list of 50 players. There’s Bryce Harper, who’s the only junior college player on the list. Alex Fernandez actually won the award from a JUCO back in 1990 (Miami Dade). The list gets cut down to 30 on June 1 and once again, fans get to play a part by voting for their favorite nominee over on the Golden Spikes site.

Just to give you an idea of how this ties in so closely with the Draft, take a look at the lists I posed earlier regarding the Top 20 talents in this year’s Draft class. From the 1-10 list:

1. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
2. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi
4. Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada
8. Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas

And from the 11-20 set:

12. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
15. Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas
17. Micah Gibbs, C, LSU
19. Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton

And there are plenty more interesting names who’ll be sure to figure into first-round consideration as we get moving towards Draft day in June.

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