BLOG: Ole Miss’ Alex Yarbrough and Bobby Wahl are two of 60 players that were named to the 2012 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list earlier today.
According to the award’s website, the award has been annually presented to the top amateur baseball player in the country ”who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship” since 1978.
The field of 60 will be narrowed to 30 on May 29 and three on June 5 before a winner is announced on MLB Network on July 6.
Yarbrough had his hitting streak ended at 22 games on Sunday at Mississippi State and is currently among the Southeastern Conference leaders in batting average (.420; second), slugging percentage (.586; sixth), on-base percentage (.463; fifth), hits (73; second), RBIs (38; ninth), doubles (16; third), and total bases (103; fourth).
The Rebel second baseman is also fielding .995 (one error in 43 games) and is ninth in the SEC with 127 assists.
Like Yarbrough, Wahl ranks among the SEC’s leaders in several categories, including ERA (2.09; third), opposing batting average (.211; eighth), strikeouts (67; fifth), wins (five; eighth) and batters struck out looking (21; ninth).
Drew Pomeranz and Stephen Head were finalists for the award in 2010 and 2004 respectively.
Recent winners include Buster Posey (2008), Steven Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010) and Trever Bauer (2011). (May 1, 2012)