Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
In 2012, Florida catcher Mike Zunino, the No. 3 pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, won the prestigious award. Past winners also 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), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010) and Trevor Bauer (2011).
2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award presented by Major League Baseball
When the Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur player on July 19, it will mark the sixth year in a row the award has been presented via an awards show to the entire country.
USA Baseball will compile an initial list of more than 200 candidates for the award. The list is based on recommendations and will include rolling nominations as well, to ensure that all players are considered. USA Baseball officials have reviewed this list with a select voting body and unveiled the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Feb. 14.
On Tuesday, May 28, USA Baseball officials will cut the list of players to 30 names. 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. May 28 will also mark the day when college baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the Golden Spikes Award 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 voting will once again commence that same day.
The 2013 Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on MLB Network 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.
Important 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:
Thursday, Feb. 14: 50-man preseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Thursday, May 2: 60-man midseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Tuesday, May 28: 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters to select three
Friday, May 31: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 4: Three finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
Friday, June 14: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
Friday, July 19: Live Golden Spikes Award presentation airing on MLB Network's "The Rundown"
*The "fans" will be treated as one "voter" in the voting process for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award, and their vote will count for ~0.5% of the overall vote (one of 219 voters in the committee). In the semifinalist round the three players receiving the highest percentage of the fan vote will each receive one vote from the "fans." In the finalist round, the one player receiving the highest percentage of the fan vote will receive one vote from the "fans."