May 8, 2014
COMPLETE USA BASEBALL RELEASE
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball released its 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. Three West Coast Conference student-athletes made the list: Jr. UTL Aaron Brown (Pepperdine), Jr. IF Connor Joe (San Diego) and Jr. OF Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco).
San Diego’s Kris Bryant became the first WCC student-athlete to capture the award in 2013.
The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until the semifinalists for the award are announced on May 27, 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.
Six new players were added to the list since its last release on April 10, joining 24 others from the first watch list. The Southeastern Conference and the Big West Conference led all conferences in watch list players, with four each on the second midseason update. Additionally, 15 different NCAA conferences are represented on the list. The West Coast Conference, PAC 12 Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference all had three athletes on the list.
All the schools represented have one athlete each, except Oregon State which boasts two players on the list. Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eshelman and Louisiana State's Aaron Nola are both featured on the 2014 Golden Spikes Award 30-man watch list after being named semifinalists for the award in 2013.
USA Baseball officials will announce the list of semifinalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award 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.
AARON BROWN – PEPPERDINE
Aaron Brown has continued to be a phenomenal two-way threat for the Waves this season, leading the team both at the plate and on the mound. The junior lefty has a 9-1 record and 2.34 ERA on the hill, with a WCC-best 80 strikeouts and a .221 opponents' batting average. Brown's win total is good for ninth in the country. He also has compiled a .331 batting average with a team-leading 38 RBI and nine home runs. He is second on the team with 59 hits this season is tied for first with 23 extra-base hits to post a .579 slugging percentage.
Brown is the only player in the country to hit a home run and record a win in the same game four times this year and leads the WCC in five different statistical categories.
CONNOR JOE – SAN DIEGO
Joe, a 6-0 junior from Poway, Calif., is currently hitting .378 with 76 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 48 RBI, while slugging at a .622 clip, and bolstering a .473 on base percentage.
BRADLEY ZIMMER – SAN FRANCISCO
Zimmer, a preseason All-American, continues to be among the best players in the nation. He is hitting .370 with seven home runs, six triples and 20 stolen bases this season and ranks among the top 60 in the nation in all but one of those categories. The junior's six triples has him one away from tying the school record.