Results tagged ‘ Golden Spikes Award ’

Golden Spikes Watch List from a Draft point of view

Yesterday, USA Baseball released it’s Watch List of 60 amateur players for this year’s Golden Spikes Award. It’s a rolling list, meaning players can be added/subtracted, until May 28, when the group of 30 semifinalists will be announced. The Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on MLB Network on July 19 (simulcast live on and The release states that 28 players have been added to the list from the initial watch list of 32 that came out back in February.

The watch list has amateurs from a variety of classes, but obviously, I was interested in the Draft-eligible guys on the list. With that in mind, here are the Golden Spikes watch list guys who are on’s Top 100 Draft Prospects list. Guys in bold are the ones who are a part of the 28 who were added. I’m listing them in order of where they are on the Top 100 — it does not reflect any kind of Golden Spikes-related ranking.

1. Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12
2. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
5. Kris Bryant, UTL, Junior, San Diego, West Coast
6. Sean Manaea, LHP, Junior, Indiana State, Missouri Valley
7. Colin Moran, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
9. Ryne Stanek, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC
10. D.J. Peterson, IF, Junior, New Mexico, Mountain West
15. Chris Anderson, RHP, Junior, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun
16. Braden Shipley, RHP, Junior, Nevada, MWC
17. Marco Gonzales, LHP, Junior, Gonzaga, West Coast
22. Phillip Ervin, OF, Junior, Samford, SoCon
24. Aaron Judge, OF, Junior, Fresno State, Mountain West
28. Bobby Wahl, RHP, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
29. Tom Windle, LHP, Junior, Minnesota, Big 10
30. Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
35. Eric Jagielo, IF, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East
37. Aaron Blair, RHP, Junior, Marshall, C-USA
41. Jason Hursh, RHP, RS Sophomore, Oklahoma St, Big 12
44. Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
45. Corey Knebel, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12
51. Trevor Williams, RHP, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12
66. Andrew Knapp, C, Junior, California, Pac-12
68. Kent Emanuel, LHP, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
73. Matt Boyd, LHP, Senior, Oregon State, Pac-12
81. Trey Masek, RHP, Junior, Texas Tech, Big 12
94. Hunter Renfroe, OF, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC
100. Buck Farmer, RHP, Senior, Georgia Tech, ACC

A total of 27 Top 100 guys on the watch list, including five who have been added since that February list. Fifteen on this watch list are in the Top 30 Draft prospects, for whatever that’s worth.

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 You can read the entire release about the list at

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.

%d bloggers like this: