Washington Huskies' Davis Makes Golden Spikes Award Watchlist
USA Baseball released its 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, and Husky pitcher Tyler Davis is among the candidates in consideration for the award. The junior right-hander leads the Pac-12 with 10 wins and has won each of his last eight starts. For the season, Davis is 10-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He has struck out 40 batters, walked 11 and has allowed 12 earned runs (15 total) in 73 and 1/3 innings of work.
Besides leading the Pac-12 in wins, he is second in ERA and fourth in fewest runs allowed and fewest walks allowed.
He is the 14th player in Washington history to win 10 or more games and can become just the fourth Husky pitcher to reach 11 wins or more in team history.
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.
Six new players were added to the list since its last release on April 10, joining 24 others from the first watch list. The Southeastern Conference and the Big West Conference led all conferences in watch list players, with four each on the second midseason update. Additionally, 15 different NCAA conferences are represented on the list. The West Coast Conference, Pac-12 Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference all had three athletes on the list.
All the schools represented have one athlete each, except Oregon State which boasts two players on the list. Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eshelman and Louisiana State's Aaron Nola are both featured on the 2014 Golden Spikes Award 30-man watch list after being named semifinalists for the award in 2013.
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.
The complete 2014 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:
Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name)
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
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