Midseason Watch List: Fast Facts

Twenty-five of the nation’s best amateur baseball players were named as 2024 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists, so let’s run down some fast facts about this year’s list.

SEC and ACC combine for 15 semifinalists

After leading the Midseason Watch List in players placed, the SEC and ACC once again led the lists’ nine conferences by placing nine and seven players, respectively. The Southeastern Conference’s Tennessee featured two athletes while the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wake Forest and Florida State each had two players make the list.

Repeat semifinalists

Florida’s two-way Jac Caglianone, Georgia’s hard-hitting Charlie Condon, Wake Forest’s Nick Kurtz, and Arkansas’ Hagen Smith all made their way onto the Golden Spikes semifinalist list for the second straight year in a row. Meanwhile, Wake Forest’s Chase Burns made the cut after appearing on the list in 2022.

Sustained success

Both Texas A&M and Florida State have now featured multiple players for the fourth and third time in program history, respectively. The Aggies featured Jace LaViolette and Braden Montgomery while the Seminoles placed James Tibbs III and Jamie Arnold on the list.

First appearance for the Trojans

Troy made its first appearance ever on a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist list, as the Trojans placed catcher Brooks Bryan after he drove in 82 runs in the regular season.

Condon blasts his way onto list

Like many of his home runs, Condon’s appearance on the 2024 semifinalist list was never in doubt. The Georgia Bulldog shattered his school’s home run record with his NCAA-leading 34 long balls, while also leading the nation in batting average. More impressively, his 34th homer broke the NCAA record for the most in a single season in the BBCOR era.

ECU represents AAC

Thanks to ECU, the American Athletic Conference made the list for the first time since 2019. The Pirates’ two right-handed pitchers, Wyatt Lunsford-Shenkman and Trey Yesavage, were just the fifth and sixth athletes all-time from the AAC.