Travis On USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List

    Go Hoosiers! Sam Travis
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sam Travis
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 8, 2014

    DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball released its 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. Indiana was represented on the list by junior 1B Sam Travis, who leads the team in hitting (.372) and RBI (46) and is second with seven home runs.

    The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until the semifinalists for the award are announced on May 27, ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.

    Six new players were added to the list since its last release on April 10, joining 24 others from the first watch list. The Southeastern Conference and the Big West Conference led all conferences in watch list players, with four each on the second midseason update. Additionally, 15 different NCAA conferences are represented on the list. The West Coast Conference, PAC 12 Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference all had three athletes on the list.

    All the schools represented have one athlete each, except Oregon State which boasts two players on the list. Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eshelman and Louisiana State's Aaron Nola are both featured on the 2014 Golden Spikes Award 30-man watch list after being named semifinalists for the award in 2013.

    USA Baseball officials will announce the list of semifinalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

    Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2014. Tuesday, May 27 marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.



    Last year, University of San Diego infielder, Kris Bryant, took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

    Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).

    The complete 2014 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:

    Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name, new players bolded) Caleb Adams, OF, Junior, Louisiana Lafayette
    Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine
    Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville
    Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State
    Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington
    Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi
    Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara
    Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton
    Erick Fedde, EHP, Junior, UNLV
    Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU
    Mike Franco, RHP, Junior, Florida International
    Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville
    Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State
    Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina
    Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly
    Connor Joe, IF, Junior, San Diego
    Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary
    Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia
    Jordan Luplow, OF, Junior, Fresno State
    Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine
    Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast
    Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, Louisiana State
    Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State
    Josh Prevost, RHP, Senior, Seton Hall
    A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky
    DJ Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State
    Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana
    Drew Weeks, OF/IF, Junior, North Florida
    Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State
    Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

    About the Golden Spikes Award
    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 Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2012 Golden Spikes Award winner was Mike Zunino of the University of Florida. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04) and Rickie Weeks ('03). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Mark Kotsay ('95), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78). For more information, please visit Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

    About USA Baseball
    USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit


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