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Rajcic Selected to Golden Spikes Preseason Watch List

Feb 15, 2022
Max Rajcic (photo: Don Liebig)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA sophomore right-handed pitcher Max Rajcic was named to USA Baseball's 2022 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List, it was announced on Tuesday.

Rajcic was one of 55 players named to the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is handed out annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. This is the 45th annual iteration of the award.

The Fullerton, Calif. native represents UCLA 16th selection on the GSA Preseason Watch List since 2008, when USA Baseball began archiving that information. The Bruins have placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason watch list in four consecutive years and eight of the last 10 seasons dating back to 2013.

Earlier this offseason, Rajcic was named a Preseason All-American by Baseball America. He is coming off a standout debut season in Westwood, as he posted a 1.65 ERA and 7 saves as the team's closer in 2021 en route to All-Pac-12 and Freshman All-America honors. He struck over a batter per inning (36 Ks in 32 2/3 innings pitched) and limited his opponents to an anemic .185 batting average. His 7 saves tied a freshman program record, and his ERA was the best on the squad last season.

Some of his most noteworthy performances from last season include May 15 against UC Santa Barbara (went seven-up, seven-down to record the save) and May 22 against California (season-high 5 strikeouts). He went on to start for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League last summer, crafting a 4.32 ERA over seven appearances.

Fan voting will once again play a part in the Golden Spikes Award in 2022. Amateur baseball fans will be able to vote for their favorite players on GoldenSpikesAward.com, starting on May 24 with the naming of the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists. USA Baseball will announce the finalists for the award on June 8 and fan voting will open at GoldenSpikesAward.com concurrently, remaining open through June 12.

Rajcic and the UCLA baseball team – ranked No. 22 in the Baseball America Preseason Top-25 – officially open the 2022 season with a three-game set against CSUN starting on Friday, Feb. 18.

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