March 17, 2010
By: Ultima Rogers, FSU Sports Information Student Assistant
The Golden Spikes award, sponsored by Major League Baseball, has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country for over the past 30 years. This award is presented every year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability along with exemplary sportsmanship. Since the creation of the Golden Spikes Award in 1978, a Florida State student-athlete has won the award four times, the most of any other school in the nation. Past Seminole recipients of this prestigious award include Mike Fuentes (1981), Mike Loynd (1986), J.D. Drew (1997), and most recently Buster Posey in 2008.
Since the start of the 2010 season, Holt earned first team preseason All-American accolades from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball, while Gilmartin was also named a first team preseason All-American by the NCBWA, along with collecting third team preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.
Last year, Holt led the team with a (.401) batting average and (95) hits and was second in doubles with 23. He finished the season with a .993 fielding percentage committing just one error in 142 fielding opportunities. Holt finished the season as the ACC leader in runs scored, stolen bases, walks and on-base percentage, while ranking in the top 5 in batting average (3rd), doubles (3rd) and hits (t-3rd). He also ranked among the national leaders in batting average, runs per game, runs, hits, doubles, on-base percentage, stolen bases per game, stolen bases, walks per game and walks.
As for Gilmartin, the freshman from Moorpark, Calif., led the ACC in wins and tied for the league lead in complete games with two. He ranked third in the ACC in opponents batting average (.221) and tied for third in innings pitched (98.0). The southpaw ranked nationally in wins (t-5th), hits allowed per nine innings (42nd) and ERA (96th).
During the early part of the 2010 season, both candidates have shown why they are in the running for this coveted award. Through the first 16 games, Holt has accumulated six doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored. Gilmartin has gone 3-1 in four starts posting a 2.08 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 26.0 innings of work.
On Tuesday, June 1, USA Baseball officials will cut the list of players down to 30 names. This final list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA Baseball sports information directors, and current USA Baseball staff–making it close to 200 voters in total. The 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented nationally on July 13th on an award show via live telecast.