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BSB: Gillaspie Named to Midseason Watch List
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:04/10/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Wichita State baseball student-athlete Casey Gillaspie has been named to the 50-man midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award. USA Baseball presents the Golden Spikes Award to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Gillaspie, a junior first baseman from Omaha, Neb., is hitting .393 with 27 runs, 48 hits, eight doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 33 RBI, 25 walks and three stolen bases. He ranks in the top-50 nationally in 11 offensive categories and is currently on a career-best 18-game hitting streak.

The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 27 -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award.  The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.

Twenty-three new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 27 others from the preseason watch list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch list players, placing nine on the midseason update, while 17 different NCAA conferences had at least one athlete on the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference had six athletes on the list.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of 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 2014.  Tuesday, May 27, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com.  As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. 

Last year, University of San Diego infielder, Kris Bryant, took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

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 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:

Friday, Feb. 14: 60-man preseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors

Thursday, April 10: 50-man midseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors

Thursday, May 8: 30-man watch list, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors

Tuesday, May 27: Semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters to select three

Friday, May 30: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET

Tuesday, June 3: Finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one

Friday, June 13: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET

Thursday, July 17: Golden Spikes Award presentation

The complete 2014 preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name, new players bolded)

Brady Aiken, LHP, Senior, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS

Brian Anderson, IF, Junior, Arkansas

Brett Austin, C, Junior, NC State

Tyler Beede, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt

Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine

Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville

Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State

Austin Cousino, OF, Junior, Kentucky

J.D. Davis, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton

Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington

Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi

Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton

Erick Fedde, RHP, Junior, UNLV

Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU

Blake Fox, LHP, Sophomore, Rice

Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville

Clinton Freeman, OF, Sophomore, East Tennessee State

Jeff Gardner, OF, Senior, Louisville

Aaron Garza, RHP, Junior, Houston

Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State

Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina

Chris Haddeland, RHP, Junior, Linfield

Ian Happ, IF, Sophomore, Cincinnati

Seth Harrison, OF, Senior, Louisiana Lafayette

Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly

Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary

Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia

Ross Kivett, IF, Senior, Kansas State

Ryan McBroom, OF, Senior, West Virginia

Daniel Miles, IF, Junior, Tennessee Tech

DJ Miller, IF, Senior, Delaware State

Corey Miller, RHP, Senior, Pepperdine

Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine

Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast

Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, LSU

Mike Papi, OF, Junior, Virginia

Mark Payton, OF, Senior, Texas

Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State

A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky

Kyle Schwarber, C, Junior, Indiana

Kade Scivicque, C, Junior, LSU

Austen Smith, IF, Senior, Alabama

D.J. Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State

Ryan Thompson, RHP, Senior, Campbell

Trent Thornton, RHP, Sophomore, North Carolina

Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana

Luke Weaver, RHP, Sophomore, Florida State

Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

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