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Golden Spikes Award
Golden Spikes Award
The words "GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD" in gold on a brown polygonal background, with a pair of golden baseball spikes dangling from the last "S" in "Spikes". Above the lettering reads "USA" in white colour.
Logo for the Golden Spikes Award
Given forAmateur baseball's best regular season player
CountryUnited States
Presented byUSA Baseball
First award1978
Most recentAdley Rutschman, Oregon State
WebsiteGolden Spikes Award

The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States.[1] The award, created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, was first presented in 1978. It is given to an amateur player who best exhibits and combines "exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship."[2][3] The award is considered the most prestigious in amateur baseball.[4][5]

Ten winners of the Golden Spikes Award are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,[6] including Bob Horner, the inaugural winner in 1978.[7] In that same year, he was the first overall MLB draft pick and proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award.[8][9][10] Seven Golden Spikes Award winners went on to become the first overall draft pick.[8] Only Horner achieved the Rookie of the Year Award in the same year (although Jason Jennings and Buster Posey were voted the top rookies of the National League several years after winning the Golden Spikes Award).[9]Jim Abbott, Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum are the only award winners to pitch a no-hitter,[11] while Horner is the only one to hit four home runs in one game.[12] Furthermore, 17 players won the Dick Howser Trophy (considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball)[13][14] alongside the Golden Spikes Award.[15] No player has won the award more than once. Surprisingly, no Golden Spikes recipient has yet been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Since 2014, the winner has been announced during a live broadcast of ESPN's SportsCenter.[16] Immediately following the announcement, the award winner and the other finalists are honored at a banquet in Los Angeles.[16] Although it can be given to any amateur player, the award has always been given to a college baseball player. In addition, only two winners were not attending NCAA Division I institutions when they won the award--junior college players Alex Fernández in 1990 and Bryce Harper in 2010. The most recent recipient of the award is Adley Rutschman of the Oregon State Beavers.[17]

USA Baseball announced on April 15, 2020, that the award would not be conferred that year. The coronavirus pandemic had de facto cancelled the 2020 college baseball season on March 12, with only a third of the season played in southern climates and only a few northern teams beginning their schedule.[18]


Wearing a blue helmet and white jersey of the Atlanta Braves, Bob Horner clutches his bat with both hands
Bob Horner, who won the inaugural Golden Spikes Award in 1978, also received the Rookie of the Year Award and was the first overall MLB draft pick in the same year.
Jered Weaver, wearing a red baseball cap and grey baseball uniform with the words ANGELS across and an "A" patch on the right sleeve, delivers a pitch
Jered Weaver, the 2004 recipient, is one of three award winners to pitch a no-hitter.
Tim Lincecum, wearing a black baseball cap and grey baseball uniform with the words SAN FRANCISCO across, delivers a pitch
Tim Lincecum, the 2006 winner, received the Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009.[19]
Year Links to the article about the corresponding baseball year
Player Name of the player
Position The player's position(s) at the time he won the award[a]
School The player's college when he won the award
Italics Player was the first overall MLB draft pick in the same year
^ Player won the Rookie of the Year Award[b]
§ Player also won the Dick Howser Trophy in the same year
dagger Member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
footnote Player is active[c]
Year Player Position School Ref
1978 Bob Hornerdagger^ 3B Arizona State [7]
1979 Tim Wallachdagger 3B Cal State Fullerton [7]
1980 Terry Franconadagger 1B Arizona [7]
1981 Mike Fuentes OF Florida State [21]
1982 Augie Schmidt SS New Orleans [7]
1983 Dave Magadandagger 3B Alabama [7]
1984 Oddibe McDowelldagger OF Arizona State [22]
1985 Will Clarkdagger 1B Mississippi State [7]
1986 Mike Loynd P Florida State [7]
1987 Jim Abbottdagger P Michigan [23]
1988 Robin Venturadagger§ 3B Oklahoma State [24]
1989 Ben McDonalddagger P LSU [25]
1990 Alex Fernández§ P Miami-Dade Community College [7]
1991 Mike Kelly OF Arizona State [7]
1992 Phil Nevin 3B Cal State Fullerton [7]
1993 Darren Dreifortdagger P Wichita State [7]
1994 Jason Varitek§ C Georgia Tech [26]
1995 Mark Kotsay OF Cal State Fullerton [26]
1996 Travis Lee 1B San Diego State [27]
1997 J. D. Drew§ OF Florida State [28]
1998 Pat Burrell 3B Miami (FL) [29]
1999 Jason Jennings§^ P Baylor [26]
2000 Kip Bouknight P South Carolina [26]
2001 Mark Prior§ P Southern California [30]
2002 Khalil Greene§ SS Clemson [26]
2003 Rickie Weeks§ 2B Southern [26]
2004 Jered Weaver§ P Long Beach State [26]
2005 Alex Gordondouble-dagger§ 3B Nebraska [31]
2006 Tim Lincecum P Washington [32]
2007 David Pricedouble-dagger§ P Vanderbilt [33]
2008 Buster Poseydouble-dagger§^ C Florida State [34]
2009 Stephen Strasburgdouble-dagger§ P San Diego State [35]
2010 Bryce Harperdouble-dagger^ C/OF College of Southern Nevada [36]
2011 Trevor Bauerdouble-dagger P UCLA [37]
2012 Mike Zuninodouble-dagger§ C Florida [3]
2013 Kris Bryantdouble-dagger§^ 3B San Diego [38]
2014 A. J. Reeddouble-dagger§ 1B/P Kentucky [39]
2015 Andrew Benintendidouble-dagger§ OF Arkansas [40]
2016 Kyle Lewisdouble-dagger^ OF Mercer [41]
2017 Brendan McKaydouble-dagger§ 1B / P Louisville [42]
2018 Andrew Vaughndouble-dagger 1B California [43]
2019 Adley Rutschmandouble-dagger§ C Oregon State [17]
2020 Not awarded[d] -- -- [18]

See also


  1. ^ This does not necessarily reflect the player's future position at Major League level. For example, Alex Gordon was originally a third baseman, but subsequently moved to left field in 2010.[20]
  2. ^ Won either in the same year or several years later.
  3. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.
  4. ^ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • "Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2012.


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  5. ^ Huffman, Dane (June 5, 2012). "NC State pitcher a finalist for Golden Spikes Award". NBC. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "College Baseball Hall of Fame - Hall of Famers". College Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Shocks' Dreifort chosen for Golden Spikes award". Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. October 28, 1993. p. 4C. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ a b "1st Picks Overall in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Rookie of the Year Awards & Rolaids Relief Award Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ Sugiura, Ken (May 6, 2010). "Nine questions: Bob Horner". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "MLB No-Hitters". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "National League; Horner Ties Mark with 4 Home Runs". New York Times. July 7, 1986. p. C4.
  13. ^ "Houston pitcher Lincoln wins Howser Trophy". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. June 17, 2006. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ Martin, Jeffrey (July 2, 2010). "Rice's Rendon claims prestigious Dick Howser Trophy". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "Dick Howser Trophy". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ a b "USA Baseball Names 2017 Golden Spikes Award Finalists" (Press release). USA Baseball. June 14, 2017. Archived from the original on June 23, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ a b Nick Daschel (June 14, 2019). "Oregon State's Adley Rutschman claims the 2019 Golden Spikes Award, nation's top individual honor for amateur baseball". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ a b Collazo, Carlos (April 14, 2020). "USA Baseball Will Not Name 2020 Golden Spikes Award Winner". Baseball America. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Most Valuable Player MVP Awards & Cy Young Awards Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012.
  20. ^ Kaegel, Dick (November 2, 2011). "Gordon takes home first Gold Glove". MLB Advanced Media. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012. Alex Gordon, a third baseman for the Royals until last year, is now among baseball's elite outfielders...[H]is switch from third base to the outfield in 2010 went amazingly well.
  21. ^ Elliott, Bob (December 10, 1981). "Montreal prospect Fuentes wins Golden Spikes award". Ottawa Citizen. p. 2C. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ "McDowell Given Golden Spikes Baseball Award". The Press-Courier. Oxnard, California. Associated Press. November 8, 1984. p. 16. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ "Michigan pitcher wins Golden Spikes Award". The Gainesville Sun. October 9, 1987. p. 3D. Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ "Ventura wins Golden Spikes Award". The Telegraph. Nashua, New Hampshire. Associated Press. November 2, 1988. p. 17. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ "McDonald selected Golden Spikes winner". The Times Daily. Florence, Alabama. November 10, 1989. p. 2B. Retrieved 2012.
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  27. ^ "Lee wins Golden Spikes Award as top amateur". The News. Boca Raton, Florida. November 13, 1996. p. 2B. Retrieved 2012.
  28. ^ "Drew wins Golden Spikes Award". Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina. Associated Press. November 12, 1997. p. 3C. Retrieved 2012.
  29. ^ "Burrell wins Golden Spikes Award". The Gainesville Sun. October 30, 1998. p. 2C. Retrieved 2012.
  30. ^ "Prior wins Golden Spikes Award". The Beaver County Times. December 11, 2001. p. B7. Retrieved 2012.
  31. ^ "Nebraska's Gordon wins Golden Spikes Award". USA Today. Associated Press. June 24, 2005. Retrieved 2012.
  32. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (June 23, 2006). "Lincecum named Golden Spikes winner". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2014.
  33. ^ "Former Vanderbilt star Price named nation's top amateur player". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. June 30, 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  34. ^ Hoch, Bryan (July 16, 2008). "Giants pick nabs Golden Spikes Award". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2012.
  35. ^ "Strasburg garners another award". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  36. ^ "Harper wins Golden Spikes Award". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. July 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  37. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (July 15, 2011). "D-backs Draft pick Bauer wins Golden Spikes". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2012.
  38. ^ "San Diego's Bryant wins 36th Golden Spikes Award as nation's best player". USA Baseball. July 20, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2013.
  39. ^ Fordin, Spencer (July 17, 2014). "Astros' prospect Reed wins Golden Spikes Award". Retrieved 2014.
  40. ^ "Benintendi wins Golden Spikes Award". USA Baseball. June 23, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  41. ^ "Mercer's Kyle Lewis wins the Golden Spikes Award". USA Baseball. June 30, 2016. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  42. ^ "Louisville's Brendan McKay Wins 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award" (Press release). USA Baseball. June 29, 2017. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  43. ^ "Andrew Vaughn becomes Cal's first Golden Spikes winner". 2018-06-29. Retrieved .

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