Nevada's Shipley & UNM's Garver Added to 2013 Golden Spikes Award Mid-season Watch List
May 2, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley and New Mexico senior catcher Mitch Garver have joined Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge and New Mexico junior infielder DJ Peterson on the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. USA Baseball coordinates the award and made the announcement on Thursday morning. The Mountain West ranks fifth with four candidates, following the SEC (11), Atlantic Coast (9), Pac-12 (9) and Big 12 (6).
The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 28 ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live at MLB Network's studios for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19. Through USA Baseball's partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.
USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of 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 2013. Tuesday, May 28, marks the day when amateur baseball fans will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and fan voting will once again commence that same day.
Former San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the 2009 Golden Spikes Award recipient.