Beer, Ray Named Golden Spikes Award Finalists

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball unveiled on Monday the four finalists for the 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. 2016 marks the 39th consecutive year the Golden Spikes Award has been awarded to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

Of the 25 semifinalists that were voted on by a committee of over 200 voters, Clemson’s Seth Beer and Louisville’s Corey Ray are among the four finalists. They are joined by Mercer’s Kyle Lewis and Florida’s Logan Shore. 

In addition to becoming the first-ever freshman to win the ACC Player of the Year award, Clemson's Seth Beer was named National co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. Beer led the Tigers with a .369 batting average, 18 home runs and 70 RBIs. He also recorded a 26-game hitting streak and ended the season riding a 60-game on-base streak. Beer was named a first-team All-America by Baseball America and will play for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team this summer.

Louisville's Corey Ray was named to the All-ACC first team for the second straight season in 2016, powered by a .310 batting average, 15 home runs and 60 RBIs. Ray was the second alumnus in as many years from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program and the joint USA Baseball and Major League Baseball Breakthrough Series to be selected in the first five picks of the MLB Draft when the Milwaukee Brewers selected him fifth overall in 2016. He finished second in the nation in stolen bases with 44 and started all 62 games for Louisville, hitting at the top of the order. The junior's impressive numbers earned him a spot on Baseball America's All-America second team.

The award presentation will air on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, for the third consecutive year, during the 7 p.m. EDT show. Following the announcement of the award on June 30, all four finalists will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles as part of the 2016 Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Award winner and the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award winner, Willie Randolph.

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2016 award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 24.