Five From ACC Named To Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

Feb. 14, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced its preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Thursday, marking the organization's first step toward identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2013 for the 36th time.

Five Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes are included, including 2012 ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year Carlos Rodon of NC State and his teammate, shortstop Trea Turner. North Carolina pitcher Kent Emanuel and third baseman Colin Moran also made the list, as did Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer.

The Watch List features 50 of the nation's top amateur players, and it will be a "rolling" list to ensure that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the Golden Spikes Award. 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. Through USA Baseball's partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from and

Headlining the 2013 Watch List are seven athletes who finished among the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, including Mark Appel (RHP, Senior, Stanford), Kris Bryant (OF/3B/1B, Junior, San Diego), Marco Gonzales (LHP, Junior, Gonzaga), D.J. Peterson (3B/1B, Junior, New Mexico), Nick Petree (RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State), Raph Rhymes (OF, Senior, Louisiana State) and NC States’ Rodon.

"2013 marks the 36th year USA Baseball has presented the Golden Spikes Award, and with two of last year's finalists on this year's preseason Watch List, it should be another exciting year for amateur baseball," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. "We look forward to an exciting start to the college baseball season this weekend and to following all of these players in the coming months."

Following the release of a second, 60-player Watch List on Thursday, May 2, USA Baseball officials 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 the 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 will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Tuesday, May 28, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on As part of this 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.

Beginning with Florida State's Buster Posey in New York in 2008, USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create, and until 2011, streamed its annual presentations online live from MLB All-Star FanFest. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim, Calif., in 2010. UCLA's Trevor Bauer was the 2011 winner and Florida's Mike Zunino won the 2012 award. Both accepted the trophy as part of live presentations in MLB Network's Studio 42.

Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).

Important 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14: 50-man preseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
  • Thursday, May 2: 60-man midseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
  • Tuesday, May 28: 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters select three
  • Friday, May 31: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 4: Three finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
  • Friday, June 14: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
  • Friday, July 19: Live Golden Spikes Award presentation airing on MLB Network

The complete 2013 preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name Position Class School Conference
Mark Appel RHP Senior Stanford Pac-12
Aaron Blair RHP Junior Marshall C-USA
Kris Bryant OF/3B/1B Junior San Diego West Coast
Boomer Collins OF RS Senior Dallas Baptist WAC
Michael Conforto OF Sophomore Oregon State Pac-12
Austin Cousino OF Sophomore Kentucky SEC
Jonathon Crawford RHP Junior Florida SEC
Josh Deezse RHP/DH Junior Ohio State Big 10
Kent Emanuel LHP Junior North Carolina ACC
Phillip Ervin OF Junior Samford SoCon
Buck Farmer RHP Senior Georgia Tech ACC
Johnny Field OF/INF Junior Arizona Pac-12
Adam Frazier SS Junior Mississippi State SEC
Scott Frazier RHP Junior Pepperdine West Coast
Mitchell Garver C Senior New Mexico Mountain West
Marco Gonzales LHP/1B Junior Gonzaga West Coast
Jonathan Gray RHP Junior Oklahoma Big 12
Conrad Gregor 1B Junior Vanderbilt SEC
Eric Jagielo 3B/OF Junior Notre Dame Big East
JaCoby Jones 2B/OF Junior Louisiana State SEC
Aaron Judge OF Junior Fresno State Mountain West
Jared King OF Junior Kansas State Big 12
Andrew Knapp C Junior California Pac-12
Corey Knebel RHP Junior Texas Big 12
Corey Littrell LHP Junior Kentucky SEC
Michael Lorenzen OF/RHP Junior Cal State Fullerton Big West
Sean Manaea LHP Junior Indiana State Missouri Valley
Colin Moran 3B Junior North Carolina ACC
Aaron Nola RHP Sophomore Louisiana State SEC
Michael O'Neill OF Junior Michigan Big 10
Dillon Overton LHP Junior Oklahoma Big 12
D.J. Peterson 3B/1B Junior New Mexico Mountain West
Nick Petree RHP RS Junior Missouri State Missouri Valley
Adam Plutko RHP Junior UCLA Pac-12
Brian Ragira 1B Junior Stanford Pac-12
Hunter Renfroe OF Junior Mississippi State SEC
Raph Rhymes OF Senior Louisiana State SEC
George Roberts RHP/INF Senior Kent State Mid-American
Carlos Rodon LHP Sophomore NC State ACC
Jimmie Sherfy RHP Junior Oregon Pac-12
Ryne Stanek RHP Junior Arkansas SEC
Trea Turner SS Sophomore NC State ACC
Konner Wade RHP Junior Arizona Pac-12
Michael Wagner RHP Junior San Diego WCC
Bobby Wahl RHP Junior Mississippi SEC
Ben Wetzler LHP Junior Oregon State Pac-12
Trevor Williams RHP Junior Arizona State Pac-12
Austin Wilson OF Junior Stanford Pac-12
Tom Windle LHP Junior Minnesota Big 10
Kevin Ziomek LHP Junior Vanderbilt SEC