USA Baseball Reveals 2024 Golden Spikes Award Finalists

The 46th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 22 on ESPN

CARY, N.C. – Travis Bazzana (Oregon State), Charlie Condon (Georgia), and Hagen Smith (Arkansas) were named finalists for the 2024 Golden Spikes Award presented by Chinook Seedery today by USA Baseball. This year marks the 46th edition of the Golden Spikes Award, which annually honors the top amateur baseball player in the nation who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

The 46th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. CT) on ESPN ahead of Game 1 of the College World Series finals.

“It is a tremendous honor to name Travis, Charlie, and Hagen finalists for this year’s Golden Spikes Award,” said USA Baseball CEO/Executive Director Paul Seiler. “By every measure, these three student-athletes exemplify the best of the best of amateur baseball and are extremely deserving of this honor. We are looking forward to naming our forty-sixth winner of the Golden Spikes Award and adding another great player to the storied history of this award.”

One of the top infielders in the nation, Oregon State’s Travis Bazzana has cemented himself in the Beavers’ record book in 2024. Bazzana became Oregon State’s all-time leader in hits and home runs during the campaign, blasting a Pac-12 most 28 homers so far this season. Bazzana currently ranks second in the country in walks (74), on-base percentage (.575), slugging percentage (.937), and OPS (1.512), leading the Pac-12 in all of those categories. The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Bazzana’s .415 batting average is good for fourth-best in the nation and top in the conference, and he also leads the Pac-12 and ranks top 10 in the country in runs (84) and total bases (193). Bazzana has hit multiple home runs in seven games in 2024–including five blasts in a two-game span on May 5 and 6–and has driven in at least three runs on 10 separate occasions. The three-time Pac-12 Player of the Week and Corvallis Regional MVP has also stolen 16 bases for the Beavers this season. Bazzana becomes the fourth Golden Spikes Award finalist from Oregon State, joining Michael Conforto (2014), Adley Rutschman (2019), and Cooper Hjerpe (2022). He is looking to become the second Golden Spikes Award winner in program history, joining Rutschman.

Georgia’s Charlie Condon set the BBCOR-era home run record with 36 blasts and counting in 2024 en route to being named the SEC Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore sits atop the national leaderboard in several statistical categories, including home runs, batting average (.445), hits (98), slugging percentage (1.036), total bases (228), and OPS (1.602). Condon leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 82 runs scored and sits in the top three in the conference in doubles (20), on-base percentage (.566), and RBIs (77). He has seven multi-home run games in 2024 and homered in eight consecutive contests from April 26-May 9, which is one home run short of the NCAA record most consecutive games with a longball. Entering the NCAA Super Regional round, Condon is just four homers shy of the SEC single-season record and his 61 career blasts put him in the conference’s top 10 all-time in just his second season. Condon was recently named to the NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament Team after batting .500 (5-for-10) with a home run, two RBIs, and five walks to help lead the Bulldogs to a Super Regional appearance. He is the fifth all-time Golden Spikes Award finalist from the University of the Georgia and the first since Gordon Beckham in 2008. Condon would be the first Golden Spikes Award winner in Bulldogs’ history.

SEC Pitcher of the Year Hagen Smith was at the forefront of Arkansas’ rotation and atop the national leaderboard all season long in 2024. Smith currently leads the country with a .144 batting average against while striking out a nation-most 17.25 batters per nine innings. His 161 total strikeouts are second-most in the country and best in the SEC, while his 2.04 ERA paced the conference and was fourth-best in the nation. Additionally, Smith owned a 0.89 WHIP in 2024, which ranks second in the conference and fifth in the country. The junior had a 1.35 conference ERA–which was nearly two full runs lower than the next best ERA–and struck out 110 batters in 60.0 innings of conference play, the most in the SEC. The all-time strikeout leader in program history, Smith had 11 games with double-digit strikeouts in 2024, including a 17-punchout game against Oregon State in February. He allowed zero runs in eight of his 16 outings, finishing the season with a 9-2 record. Smith, who was named SEC Pitcher of the Week twice in 2024, becomes the fourth Golden Spikes Award finalist in program history. He would be the third winner in the Hogs’ storied history, joining Andrew Benintendi (2015) and Kevin Kopps (2022).

This year marks the fifth time since 2018 that the SEC has featured multiple Golden Spikes Award finalists. Overall, the SEC boasts 10 Golden Spikes Award winners, the most of any conference in the nation. The Pac-12 has a finalist for the second time in three seasons (Hjerpe in 2022) and is looking for its SEC-tying 10th all-time Golden Spikes Award winner.

LSU’s Dylan Crews is the most recent winner of the Golden Spikes Award, earning the prestigious honor after helping lead the Tigers to a College World Series title in 2023. He joined an elite group of recent winners including Ivan Melendez (2022), Kopps (2021), Rutschman (2019), Andrew Vaughn (2018), Brendan McKay (2017), Kyle Lewis (2016), Benintendi (2015), A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), and David Price (2007).

Historically, Golden Spikes Award winners have gone on to have tremendous success in the Major Leagues. Of the 45 previous winners, six have earned Rookie of the Year honors, including Lewis in 2020. Additionally, three have won the Cy Young Award, three were named MVP, and 11 have won a World Series championship as a player or manager, combining for 18 championships. Twenty-one previous winners have also been named to at least one All-Star Game roster as a player or manager, combining for 62 total selections.

A final ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel and USA Baseball staff, and the previous winners of the award, totaling a group of more than 100 voters. From Wednesday, June 5, to Monday, June 10, the voting body will cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner and fan voting will simultaneously be open on

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Golden Spikes Award Winners:

2023: Dylan Crews - LSU
2022: Ivan Melendez - Texas
2021: Kevin Kopps - Arkansas
2019: Adley Rutschman - Oregon State
2018: Andrew Vaughn - California
2017: Brendan McKay - Louisville
2016: Kyle Lewis - Mercer
2015: Andrew Benintendi - Arkansas
2014: A.J. Reed - Kentucky
2013: Kris Bryant - San Diego
2012: Mike Zunino - Florida
2011: Trevor Bauer - UCLA
2010: Bryce Harper - Southern Nevada
2009: Stephen Strasburg - San Diego State
2008: Buster Posey - Florida State
2007: David Price - Vanderbilt
2006: Tim Lincecum - Washington
2005: Alex Gordon - Nebraska
2004: Jered Weaver - Long Beach State
2003: Rickie Weeks - Southern
2002: Khalil Greene - Clemson
2001: Mark Prior - Southern California
2000: Kip Bouknight - South Carolina
1999: Jason Jennings - Baylor
1998: Pat Burrell - Miami
1997: J.D. Drew - Florida State
1996: Travis Lee - San Diego State
1995: Mark Kotsay - Cal State Fullerton
1994: Jason Varitek - Georgia Tech
1993: Darren Dreifort - Wichita State
1992: Phil Nevin - Cal State Fullerton
1991: Mike Kelly - Arizona State
1990: Alex Fernandez - Miami Dade CC
1989: Ben McDonald - LSU
1988: Robin Ventura - Oklahoma State
1987: Jim Abbott - Michigan
1986: Mike Loynd - Florida State
1985: Will Clark - Mississippi State
1984: Oddibe McDowell - Arizona State
1983: Dave Magadan - Alabama
1982: Augie Schmidt - New Orleans
1981: Mike Fuentes - Florida State
1980: Terry Francona - Arizona
1979: Tim Wallach - Cal State Fullerton
1978: Bob Horner - Arizona State