Newman Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Newman Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona shortstop Kevin Newman has been named to the 50-player preseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list, it was announced Tuesday. The 38-year-old award, sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented by in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, is awarded annually to the top amateur player in the country.

The preseason watch list features 50 of the nation's top amateur players, and will be a “rolling” list until May 22 -- when the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award throughout the collegiate and high school seasons.

Newman, a junior, is a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference honoree at shortstop and has been named to numerous preseason All-America teams, including those listed by Collegiate Baseball,

and Perfect Game.

Newman finished last season with a .304 batting average, while his 70 base hits were three shy of the top mark for any players in the conference. He was second on the team in both runs scored (39) and runs batted in (34), and he added 13 stolen bases to finish second on the team behind Scott Kingery and fourth overall in the conference.

Last summer, Newman became the first player in history to win consecutive batting titles in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. He was joined by Kingery in the league's All-Star game.

Arizona opens its 2015 schedule against Eastern Michigan this Friday at 6 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field. The three-game series continues Saturday at 4 p.m. and concludes Sunday at noon.