Luplow Named to Golden Spikes 30-man Watch List
    Luplow is one of 30 student-athletes on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List
    Luplow is one of 30 student-athletes on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List

    May 8, 2014

    By: Matt Burkholder
    mburkholder@csufresno.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

    Durham, N.C. - USA Baseball released its 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, included as one of its six new additions was Fresno State junior Jordan Luplow.

    Luplow currently leads the Bulldogs in nearly every major statistical category. Through 50 regular season games he owns a .378 batting average, best in the Mountain West conference, 73 hits, 20 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBIs, 119 total bases, .617 slugging percentage and .465 on-base percentage, all team bests. He also has a team-low 20 strikeouts with a minimum 100 at bats.

    In 2013 Luplow's former teammate Aaron Judge was on the Golden Spikes Award watch list. Judge was drafted with the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.

    Other recent former Bulldogs to be on the watch list include Greg Gonzales (2011), Tommy Mendonca (2009) and Tanner Scheppers (2008).

    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.

    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.

     

     

    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, 2 p.m. PT
    Tuesday, June 3: Finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
    Friday, June 13: Deadline to vote for winner, 2 p.m. PT
    Thursday, July 17: Golden Spikes Award presentation

    The complete 2014 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:

    Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name, new players bolded)
    Caleb Adams, OF, Junior, Louisiana Lafayette
    Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine
    Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville
    Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State
    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, EHP, Junior, UNLV
    Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU
    Mike Franco, RHP, Junior, Florida International
    Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville
    Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State
    Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina
    Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly
    Connor Joe, IF, Junior, San Diego
    Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary
    Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia
    Jordan Luplow, OF, Junior, Fresno State
    Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine
    Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast
    Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, Louisiana State
    Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State
    Josh Prevost, RHP, Senior, Seton Hall
    A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky
    DJ Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State
    Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana
    Drew Weeks, OF/IF, Junior, North Florida
    Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State
    Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

    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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