TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball players Bobby Dalbec and Scott Kingery have been named to the latest 30-player Golden Spikes Award watch list, released Thursday by USA Baseball. The award is annually presented to the top amateur player in the country.
Dalbec, a sophomore starting third baseman and pitcher, leads the Pac-12 in several categories, including home runs (14), slugging percentage (.642) and runs batted (46). As a pitcher, Dalbec carries a 2-5 record, a team-high five saves and a 3.27 earned run average.
Kingery, a starter in 45 games at second base, is the Pac-12 leader in batting average (.416), base hits (82), runs scored (49), doubles (15) and total bases (122). The junior is second on the club in RBI (35), slugging (.619) and on-base percentage (.448).
Arizona is one of three schools to have multiple players on the list. Dalbec is one of nine players to play his way onto the watch list since the 60-player midseason iteration that was released on April 9. Kingery was joined by Kevin Newman on that group released last month.
On May 22, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award. The semifinalists list will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that follow the amateur game closely, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 37 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2015. Friday, May 22, marks the day when amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list. On Tuesday, June 2, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.