Eight on Golden Spikes Award Midseason List

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Eight Pac-12 baseball players are on the 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, as released by USA Baseball on Tuesday. The Golden Spikes Award recognizes 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; Joey DeMichele, IF, Jr., ASU; Jeff Gelalich, OF, Jr., UCLA; Kurt Heyer, RHP, Jr., ARIZ; Derek Jones, OF, Jr., WSU; Stephen Piscotty, IF/RHP, Jr., STAN; Tony Renda, IF, Jr., CAL; Brady Rodgers, RHP, Jr., ASU.

Gelalich and Jones are new additions to the watch list, while Oregon State's Tony Bryant, Stanford's Kenny Diekroeger and Arizona State's Deven Marrero were on the initial watch list in February, but are not on the midseason list.

USA Baseball 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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