DURHAM, N.C. —
Oklahoma State pitcher Jason Hursh has been named to the 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, it was announced Thursday by USA Baseball.
The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. OSU’s Robin Ventura won the award in 1988, and in 2012, OSU pitcher Andrew Heaney was a semifinalist for the honor.
Hursh, a sophomore right-hander, is 4-3 with a 2.61 ERA and two complete games in 11 starts this season, and he has 62 strikeouts in 76.0 innings to rank fourth in the Big 12. During a four-game stretch earlier this season, he tossed 17.2 scoreless innings.
USA Baseball 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 also be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com beginning on May 28. On June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and fan voting will once again commence.