Nine named to Golden Spikes midseason watch list

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Nine Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, USA Baseball announced 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, Sr., STAN; Matt Boyd, LHP, Sr., OSU; Michael Conforto, OF, So., OSU; Johnny Field, OF, Jr., ARIZ; Ryon Healy, INF, Jr., ORE; Andrew Knapp, C, Jr., CAL; Adam Plutko, RHP, Jr., UCLA; Jimmie Sherfy, RHP, Jr., ORE; Trevor Williams, RHP, Jr., ASU.

Twenty-eight new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 32 others from the original watch list. Boyd and Healy are new additions to the list. Appel, the Pac-12 leader in strikeouts, was a Golden Spike semifinalist in 2012.

USA Baseball 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 also will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on Tuesday, May 28 on As part of the 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 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.

Past Pac-12 winners include Trevor Bauer (UCLA, 2011), Tim Lincecum (Washington, 2006) and Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980).

For the complete 2013 Golden Spikes Award watch list, visit

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