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GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WINNERS

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.  The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is partnered with USA Baseball to host the award night dinner honoring the winner and finalists.


BRENDAN MCKAY • 2017

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McKay is the first Golden Spikes Award winner in Louisville's history and the fifth ACC player to win the award following Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Khalil Greene (2002) and Buster Posey (2008). He is the eighth player from a current ACC program to earn the honor after Florida State's Mike Fuentes (1981) and Mike Loynd (1986), and Miami's Pat Burrell (1998) won the award prior to their schools joining the ACC. The Golden Spikes Award was the sixth National Player of the Year honor McKay received in addition to being named the 2017 ACC Player of the Year.

"Brendan McKay has proven to be the epitome of a two-way player with his success on the mound and at the plate this year, and we are elated to honor his tremendous season by naming him the recipient of the fortieth Golden Spikes Award," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. "All four of these young athletes had noteworthy seasons and we are honored to celebrate their accomplishments with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation at its annual awards dinner. We look forward to following these young men as they begin the next chapter of their baseball careers."

McKay held an 8-3 record with a 2.22 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 85.0 innings on the mound during the regular season. During his three-year collegiate career, McKay has accumulated a 32-10 record with a 2.23 ERA and 391 strikeouts, the most ever for a Louisville pitcher. At the plate, he maintained a .341 batting average, 18 home runs, 15 doubles, 51 RBIs and a .457 on-base percentage as a hitter this season. In 182 career starts and 189 total appearances as a hitter, McKay has a .328 career batting average with 28 home runs, 48 doubles and 132 RBIs.

The two-way standout was a consensus All-America in both 2016 and 2017. He led Louisville to its first NCAA World Series appearance since 2014 this season, was an All-ACC selection in each of his three seasons, and was named the National Freshman of the Year by three publications in 2015.


KYLE LEWIS • 2016

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Taken 11th overall by the Seattle Mariners, Lewis was named the College Player of the Year by Baseball America. The Southern Conference Player of the Year hit .395 with 20 home runs on his way to winning the award for the second consecutive season. He managed to rack up 27 multihit games and had a 48-game on-base streak during his junior season. Ray, who earned All-ACC first team honors for the second straight year, was selected fifth overall by the Milwaukee Brewers. Ray finished second in the country with 44 stolen bases and started all 62 games for Louisville, hitting .310 with 15 homers and 60 RBIs.

The Oakland Athletics picked Shore, the 2016 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Year, with the 47th overall selection. Shore completed his junior season with a perfect 12-0 record for a Gators team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a majority of the year. He compiled 89 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings to go along with a 2.24 ERA. He also set a school record with 17 straight victories. Beer, the only finalist not eligible for the MLB Draft, became the first freshman to win the ACC Player of the Year Award. His .369 batting average, 18 home runs and 70 RBIs paced the Tigers' offense in 2016. Beer had a 26-game hitting streak and ended the year with a 60-game on-base streak. He played for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team summer of 2016


Andrew benintendi • 2015

Benintendi is the first player from Arkansas to win the Golden Spikes Award. The Cincinnati native led the Razorback's offense all season long providing power at the plate and speed on the base paths. Benintendi finished his breakout season hitting .376 and ranked third in the nation in slugging percentage (.717). He currently leads the country in home runs and is the only college baseball player to record 20 home runs and 20-plus stolen bases this year. In the clean-up spot, he generated 85 hits, 57 RBIs and places third in total bases (162) among college baseball's best.

Benintendi is the seventh outfielder in Golden Spikes Award history to win the award, and the first since J.D. Drew in 1997. The first outfielder to earn the honors was baseball legend, Terry Francona in 1980.


A.J. Reed • 2014

Reed is the first Golden Spikes Award winner in Kentucky's history and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2014. He was also honored with a number of other collegiate baseball awards, including being named the Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, the ABCA National Player of the Year, the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, Baseball America's 2014 Player of the Year and the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year for his junior season.

Reed is just the third two-way player to be named the Golden Spikes Award winner in its history, and the first two-way player to take home the award since Baylor's Jason Jennings received the honor in 1999. The first two-way player to win the GSA was Mark Kotsay in 1995, who excelled as both an outfielder and closer for Cal State Fullerton.

From the mound, Reed compiled a 12-2 record and a 2.09 ERA in 112.0 innings as the Friday starter for Kentucky. He also held opposing batters to a .236 batting average and struck out 71. While he allowed just four home runs as a pitcher in 2014, at the plate he led the nation with 23 long balls, making him the first player in the SEC to hit 20+ home runs in the BBCOR era. His .735 slugging percentage was also good for first in the country, and he ranked third in total bases with 164.


Kris Bryant • 2013

Bryant is the first Golden Spikes Award winner and the highest draft pick in San Diego's history. The Las Vegas native was a consensus first-team All-American, the first Dick Howser Trophy recipient from San Diego and Baseball America's 2013 College Player of the Year. Bryant crushed a nation's best 31 home runs, a record in the BBCOR bat era of college baseball. Bryant also led the nation in runs (80), bases on balls (66), total bases (187) and slugging percentage (.820).

Bryant becomes the first infielder to win the Golden Spikes Award since Nebraska's Alex Gordon won the award in 2005. Bryant is also the first player from the West Coast Conference to win the award.


PREVIOUS GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WINNERS


2012 • MIKE ZUNINO

2011 • TREVOR BAUER

2010 • BRYCE HARPER

2009 • STEPHEN STRASBURG

2008 • BUSTER POSEY

2007 • DAVID PRICE

2006 • TIM LINCECUM

2005 • ALEX GORDON

2004 • JERED WEAVER

2003 • RICKIE WEEKS

2002 • KHALIL GREENE

2001 • MARK PRIOR

2000 • KIP BOUKNIGHT

1999 • JASON JENNINGS

1998 • PAT BURRELL

1997 • J.D. DREW

1996 • TRAVIS LEE

1995 • MARK KOTSAY

1994 • JASON VARITEK

1993 • DARREN DREIFORT

1992 • PHIL NEVIN

1991 • MIKE KELLY

1990 • ALEX FERNANDEZ

1989 • BEN MCDONALD

1988 • ROBIN VENTURA

1987 • JIM ABBOTT

1986 • MIKE LOYND

1985 • WILL CLARK

1984 • ODDIBE MCDOWELL

1983 • DAVE MAGADAN

1982 • AUGIE SCHMIDT

1981 • MIKE FUENTES

1980 • TERRY FRANCONA

1979 • TIM WALLACH

1978 • BOB HORNER