DURHAM, N.C. (April 9, 2015) – USA Baseball released its midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday and ETSU junior second baseman Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) was one of the 60 players to be part of the prestigious group.
York, who his hitting .414 (46-111) with nine doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 36 runs and 36 RBI, is among the national leaders in numerous offensive statistical categories, while he was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and has received a pair of Southern Conference Player of the Week honors this season. In addition, the Knoxville, Tenn., native landed SoCon Player of the Month honors in February.
York ranks fourth nationally in slugging percentage (.775), fifth in triples (5), 11th in total bases (86), 12th in batting average (.414), 19th in runs (36), 20th in RBI (36), 46th in home runs (7) and 53rd in hits (46).
The Buccaneer junior reached base in ETSU’s first 21 games to start the season and hit safely in his first 11 games. York is tied for the team-lead with 18 multi-hit games and has registered 12 multi-RBI games in 2015.
York was one of 37 new players added to the list since its initial release on February 10, while he’s the only player to be representing the Southern Conference. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch list players, placing 15 on the midseason update, while 17 different NCAA conferences had at least one athlete on the list. The Pac 12 Conference had 11 athletes, while the Atlantic Coast Conference had eight on the list.
The award, which is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” until May -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The 30-man preliminary list will be released May 7, while winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles.
About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner was A.J. Reed of the University of Kentucky. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Mike Zunino (’12), Trevor Bauer (’11), Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Alex Gordon (’05) and Jered Weaver (’04). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell (’98), Mark Kotsay (’95), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Horner (’78). For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com. Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.
About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit USABaseball.com.
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