Nine from Pac-12 on Golden Spikes Watch List

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Nine Pac-12 baseball players have been named to USA Baseball's preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, as released by USA Baseball on Thursday. The 50-athlete list marks the organization's first step toward identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Representing the Pac-12 Conference on the watch list are the following student athletes (in alphabetical order): Mark Appel, RHP, Jr., STAN; Tony Bryant, RHP, Jr., OSU; Joey DeMichele, IF, Jr., ASU; Kenny Diekroeger, IF, Jr., STAN; Kurt Heyer, RHP, Jr., ARIZ; Deven Marrero, IF, Jr., ASU; Stephen Piscotty, IF, Jr., STAN; Tony Renda, IF, Jr., CAL; Brady Rodgers, RHP, Jr., ASU.

Florida leads all schools with seven players named to the watch list, while ARIZONA STATE, STANFORD, South Carolina and Texas A&M all have three athletes on the list.

Following the release of a second, 60-player watch list on Tuesday, May 1, USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 29. 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 also will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on Tuesday, May 29 on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of the selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 5, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day. The award winner will be announced in New York during MLB All-Star Week (July 9-13).

Former UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer won the Golden Spikes Award in 2011. Other Pac-12 winners include Tim Lincecum (Washington, 2006) and Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980).

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