Miller named semifinalist for 2011 Golden Spikes Award


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DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This marks the 34th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation's top amateur baseball player.



GoldenSpikesAward.com -- powered by MLB.com -- will once again be the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2011 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Monday, June 6.



For the first time ever, the GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Tonight on Friday, July 15. The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network's studios for the presentation, which will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. Online footage of the event also will be available via GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.



Trevor Bauer (UCLA), Danny Hultzen (Virginia), Taylor Jungmann (Texas) and Anthony Rendon (Rice) were semifinalists for the 2010 GSA and return to the list for 2011. Connecticut and Vanderbilt top all schools with two semifinalists each, and in total 28 colleges and universities are represented on the list. Among conferences, the SEC leads with five players, while the ACC has four and the Pac-10 and Big East each have three. Juniors are tops with 22 semifinalists, and they are joined by four sophomores and three seniors. Daniel Alrdich is the only freshman (RS) on the list.



In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2011. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur-baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists. A ballot featuring the names and accomplishments of the 30 semifinalists will now be sent to a group of nearly 200 voters which will select the three finalists and eventual winner. Beginning Tuesday, fans will also be able to vote on the 2011 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.



"USA Baseball congratulates each of the 30 student-athletes and their respective baseball programs," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "With the increased exposure we are bringing to the Golden Spikes Award through the MLB Network this year, there is added excitement surrounding the voting process and live presentation. We wish all of the semifinalists the best of luck."



A list of the 30 semifinalists is as follows:


Name, Position, Class, School, Conference

Daniel Aldrich, OF, RS-Freshman, College of Charleston, SoCon

Tyler Anderson, LHP, Junior, Oregon, Pac-10

Matt Barnes, RHP, Junior, Connecticut, Big East

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-10

DJ Baxendale, RHP, Sophomore, Arkansas, SEC

C.J. Cron, C/IF, Junior, Utah, Mountain West

Grayson Garvin, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

Sam Gaviglio, RHP, Junior, Oregon State, Pac-10

Sean Gilmartin, LHP/OF, Junior, Florida State, ACC

Greg Gonzalez, RHP, Senior, Fresno State, WAC

Sonny Gray, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

Danny Hultzen, LHP/IF, Junior, Virginia, ACC

Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12

Jason Krizan, OF, Senior, Dallas Baptist, Independent

Jake Lowery, C, Junior, James Madison, CAA

Mikie Mahtook, OF, Junior, Louisiana State, SEC

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, IF, Junior, Clemson, ACC

Chris O'Brien, C/IF, Junior, Wichita State, Missouri Valley

Joe Panik, IF, Junior, St. John's, Big East

Mark Pope, RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Nick Ramirez, IF/LHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Anthony Rendon, IF, Junior, Rice, C-USA

Victor Roache, OF, Sophomore, Georgia Southern, SoCon

Michael Rocha, RHP, Senior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Michael Roth, LHP/IF, Junior, South Carolina, SEC

George Springer, OF, Junior, Connecticut, Big East

Adam Brett Walker, IF/OF, Sophomore, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun

Kyle Winkler, RHP, Junior, Texas Christian, Mountain West

Mike Zunino, C, Sophomore, Florida, SEC

Chad Zurcher, IF, RS-Junior, Memphis, C-USA


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