The 30 semifinalists for the 2011 USA Golden Spikes Award were announced Tuesday, highlighted by four return semifinalists from 2010. GoldenSpikesAward.com, powered by MLB.com, is the online home for the award, with news, voting history, past winner photo galleries and photo and video highlights of all 2011 semifinalists. Fans can follow online as the list of 30 is narrowed to three finalists on June 6. For the first time in the award's history, the presentation will be shown live on MLB Network at 6 p.m. ET on the July 15 airing of MLB Tonight, and will also be available live on GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com. The three finalists will be in studio for the award.
UCLA's Trevor Bauer, Virginia's Danny Hultzen, Texas' Taylor Jungmann and Rice's Anthony Rendon -- all semifinalists a year ago -- return to the list in 2011. Connecticut and Vanderbilt top all schools with two semifinalists each, and 28 colleges and universities are represented on the list. There are 22 juniors up for the award, with four sophomores and three seniors. College of Charleston's Daniel Aldrich, who redshirted a year ago, is the only freshman on the list. The entire list of semifinalists follows with the player's name, year, position and school: Daniel Aldrich, redshirt freshman outfielder, College of Charleston Tyler Anderson, junior left-hander, Oregon Matt Barnes, junior right-hander, Connecticut Trevor Bauer, junior right-hander, UCLA DJ Baxendale, sophomore right-hander, Arkansas C.J. Cron, junior catcher/infielder, Utah Grayson Garvin, junior left-hander, Vanderbilt Sam Gaviglio, junior right-hander, Oregon State Sean Gilmartin, junior left-hander/outfielder, Florida State Greg Gonzalez, senior right-hander, Fresno State Sonny Gray, junior right-hander, Vanderbilt Danny Hultzen, junior left-hander/infielder, Virginia Taylor Jungmann, junior right-hander, Texas Jason Krizan, senior outfielder, Dallas Baptist Jake Lowery, junior catcher, James Madison Mikie Mahtook, junior outfielder, Louisiana State Brad Miller, junior infielder, Clemson Chris O'Brien, junior catcher/infielder, Wichita State Joe Panik, junior infielder, St. John's Mark Pope, junior right-hander, Georgia Tech Nick Ramirez, junior left-hander/infielder, Cal State Fullerton Anthony Rendon, junior infielder, Rice Victor Roache, sophomore outfielder, Georgia Southern Michael Rocha, senior right-hander, Oklahoma Michael Roth, junior left-hander/infielder, South Carolina George Springer, junior outfielder, Connecticut Adam Brett Walker, sophomore infielder/outfielder, Jacksonville Kyle Winkler, junior right-hander, Texas Christian Mike Zunino, sophomore catcher, Florida Chad Zurcher, redshirt junior infielder, Memphis USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award since its inception in 1978. The award is given each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2010 Golden Spikes Award winner was Southern Nevada's Bryce Harper, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Nationals in last year's First-Year Player Draft. Other past winners include current Major Leaguers Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03), Pat Burrell ('98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94).