USC's LB Dantzler named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

sports@islandpacket.comMay 2, 2013 

South Carolina senior first baseman LB Dantzler is one of 60 players in the nation named to the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, as announced by USA Baseball on Thursday morning.

Dantzler is the team's leading hitter in all three Triple Crown categories with a .342 average (55-for-161) for the season with 12 homers and 44 RBI.

Dantzler currently ranks third in the SEC in homers (12) and slugging percentage (.658), tied for third in doubles (13), fourth in total bases (106), tied for fourth in walks (28), fifth in runs batted in (44), seventh in on-base percentage (.447) and 12th in batting average (.342). He has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 22 straight games.

The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 28 -- when the 30 semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award.

The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19. Through USA Baseball's partnership with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of 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 2013. May 28 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 30 names. On June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create GoldenSpikesAward.com in 2008. Later that year, Florida State's Buster Posey was presented the award at MLB All-Star FanFest in New York City. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego States won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim, Calif., in 2010. UCLA's Trevor Bauer was the 2011 winner and Florida's Mike Zunino won the 2012 award. Bauer and Zunino accepted their trophies as part of live presentations from MLB Network's Studio 42.

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).

2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Name, Pos., Class, School, Conf.

Chris Anderson, RHP, Junior, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun

Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12

Barrett Astin, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC

Michael Bass, IF, Senior, UNC-W, Colonial Athletic

Tyler Beede, RHP, Sophomore, Vanderbilt, SEC

Aaron Blair, RHP, Junior, Marshall, C-USA

Matt Boyd, LHP, Senior, Oregon State, Pac-12

Alex Bregman, IF, Freshman, Louisiana State, SEC

Kris Bryant, UTL, Junior, San Diego, West Coast

Danny Collins, OF, Junior, Troy, Sun Belt

Michael Conforto, OF, Sophomore, Oregon State, Pac-12

Kyle Crockett, LHP, Junior, Virginia, ACC

LB Dantzler, IF, Senior, South Carolina, SEC

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Junior, North Carolina, ACC

Phillip Ervin, OF, Junior, Samford, SoCon

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Freshman, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Zane Evans, C/RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Buck Farmer, RHP, Senior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Johnny Field, OF, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12

Mitchell Garver, C, Senior, New Mexico, Mountain West

Marco Gonzales, LHP, Junior, Gonzaga, West Coast

Jonathan Gray, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Ryon Healy, IF, Junior, Oregon, Pac-12

Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Sophomore, ECU, USA

Jason Hursh, RHP, RS Sophomore, Oklahoma St, Big 12

Eric Jagielo, IF, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East

Aaron Judge, OF, Junior, Fresno State, Mountain West

Mason Katz, IF, Senior, Louisiana State, SEC

Jared King, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12

Andrew Knapp, C, Junior, California, Pac-12

Corey Knebel, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12

Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Sean Manaea, LHP, Junior, Indiana State, Missouri Valley

Trey Masek, RHP, Junior, Texas Tech, Big 12

Kyle McGowin, RHP, Junior, Savannah State, Mid-Eastern

Colin Moran, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC

Aaron Nola, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, SEC

Matt Oberste, IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Daniel Palka, UTL, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

D.J. Peterson, IF, Junior, New Mexico, Mountain West

Nick Petree, RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State, Missouri Valley

Andrew Pierce, RHP, Senior, Southern Mississippi, C-USA

Adam Plutko, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-12

Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Junior, Miami, ACC

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC

Carlos Rodon, LHP, Sophomore, NC State, ACC

Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Sophomore, Indiana, Big Ten

Jimmie Sherfy, RHP , Junior, Oregon, Pac-12

Braden Shipley, RHP, Junior, Nevada, MWC

Dan Slania, RHP, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East

Ryne Stanek, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC

Jeff Thompson, RHP, Junior, Louisville, Big East

Trea Turner, IF, Sophomore, NC State, ACC

Stuart Turner, C, Junior, Mississippi, SEC

Bobby Wahl, RHP, Junior, Mississippi, SEC

Trevor Williams, RHP, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12

Tom Windle, LHP, Junior, Minnesota, Big 10

Derrick Workman, OF, Junior, Mercer, Atlantic Sun

Jimmy Yezzo, IF, Junior, Delaware, Colonial Athletic

Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

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