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Daniel Susac Named to Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

Feb 15, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Baseball sophomore catcher Daniel Susac added to his long list of preseason honors on Tuesday, earning a selection by USA Baseball to the Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List.

The 55-player watch list is the first step in USA Baseball's process of identifying the nation's greatest amateur baseball player. The Golden Spikes Award has been presented annually since 1978.

Susac, a unanimous First Team Preseason All-American, is the 10th Arizona player to be honored with inclusion on the Preseason Watch List since 2008 and the first since Austin Wells graced the list prior to the 2020 season.

Susac's selection to the Preseason Watch List comes after a historic freshman season in which he established himself as one of the most feared offensive players in the nation, hitting .335 with 48 runs, 37 extra-base hits, and 65 RBI. He set numerous Arizona freshman records en route to earning unanimous Freshman All-America honors, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award, and Collegiate Baseball's National Co-Freshman of the Year.

He is no stranger to USA Baseball, having competed with the Collegiate National Team last summer. Susac earned time in nine games with seven starts and picked up a pair of hits in their season finale against the USA Baseball Olympic Team.

Previous winners of the Golden Spikes Award include the likes of Kris Bryant (2013), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), Tim Lincecum (2006), Terry Francona (1980), and many more.

Susac and the Wildcats kick off the 2022 season this weekend at the State Farm College Baseball Showdown in Arlington, Texas. They will open against Kansas State on Friday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. MST. All games at the tournament are available to watch via FloBaseball.

2022 Golden Spikes Award timeline:

  • April 5 - USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list announced
  • May 24 - USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, fan voting begins
  • May 29 - USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists fan voting ends
  • June 8 - USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, fan voting begins
  • June 12 - USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists fan voting ends