May 11, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball released an updated 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List, bringing the organization one step closer to identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the 33rd annual Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2010 on Tuesday, July 13, at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif.
USA Baseball added Florida State’s Mike McGee to the list making him the third Seminole to be named to the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award in 2010. McGee joins Tyler Holt and Sean Gilmartin, who were named to the initial watch list released back in February.
The updated version includes 23 new athletes who have played themselves into consideration, while there are 13 names that have been removed. The watch list will continue to be a “rolling list” up until June 1 when 30 semifinalists are announced. This will ensure that athletes can still play themselves into consideration over the course of the month of May.
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.
McGee has once again been an outstanding two-way player for the Seminoles in 2010. The junior left fielder has started every game for Florida State hitting .347 with 61 hits, 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 55 RBI. He currently leads the team in RBI and is tied for the team lead in home runs. Over the last 20 games, McGee has driven in 29 runs on four doubles and six home runs while hitting .373 during that stretch.
On the mound, McGee has stepped in nicely as the Seminole closer posting a 4-0 record with eight saves and a 0.45 ERA. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native has registered 20.0 innings in 13 appearances allowing just two runs, one earned, while posting 23 strikeouts. McGee has given up only seven hits and is holding opponents to a .108 average. In his first and only start of the season back on March 8 at Jacksonville, McGee no-hit the Dolphins over 6.0 innings. All eight of his saves have come in league play as he ranks second in the ACC in that category.
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.