June 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Fans can now vote for their favorite to win this years Golden Spikes Award. USD's junior third basemen Kris Bryant is one of the three finalists, and Toreros fans have an opportunity to vote for Kris. Simply click here.
Bryant, a 6-5 junior from Las Vegas, Nev., is currently leading the nation in home runs with 31, which is no a new NCAA modern BBCORE era record, as well as a new USD single-season record. Bryant has also broken the career USD home run record and now has 54 in his three-year Torero career. He was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year, and is currently leading the nation in home runs (31), slugging percentage (.820), walks (66) and runs (80). Overall, Bryant finished the season hitting .329 with 75 hits, 13 doubles, three triples and 62 RBI. Bryant was also named to the All-Tournament team of the WCC Championships, was named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year.
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 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner was Trevor Bauer of UCLA. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03), and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), 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.