About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. It is presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
In 2017, Louisville's Brendan McKay won the prestigious award in a presentation on ESPN's flagship program, "SportsCenter." Past winners also 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), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010), Trevor Bauer (2011), Mike Zunino (2012), Kris Bryant (2013), A.J. Reed (2014), Andrew Benintendi (2015) and Kyle Lewis (2016).
2018 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation
When the Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur player on June 28, it will mark the 40th anniversary of the award and the 11th consecutive year that it has been presented via an awards show to the entire country.
USA Baseball will compile an initial list of more than 100 candidates for the award prior to the start of the 2018 amateur baseball season. The list is based on preseason recommendations and will also include rolling nominations throughout the season to ensure that all players are considered. USA Baseball officials will review this list with the Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board and will unveil the 2018 Golden Spikes Award 55-player preseason watch list on February 9.
On April 10, USA Baseball officials and the Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will release the 40-player midseason watch list. On May 21, USA Baseball officials will trim the number of players down and release the 25 semifinalists. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of baseball media members, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 40 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of semifinalists. On June 6, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin that same day.
Fan voting* will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2018. Beginning with the semifinalist announcement and continuing through the finalist round voting deadline, fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player on GoldenSpikesAward.com.
The 2018 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented on Thursday, June 28, on ESPN's "SportsCenter." Following the nationally televised announcement of the winner, the finalists and their families will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club Los Angeles as part of the 2018 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner.
*In both the semifinalist and finalist voting rounds, the fan vote will carry a 5% weight of each semifinalist and finalist's total voting percentage in each round, respectively.