South Carolina junior catcher Grayson Greiner is one of 30 players in the country to be named to 30-man midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball.
Greiner continues to impress going 2-for-3 with his team-leading eighth homer of the year vs. Wofford. He also had a solid weekend at the plate and behind the dish in the Georgia series. Greiner hit .444 (4-for-9) with a pair of homers, three runs scored and four RBI. He was 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the 3-1 loss and followed that up going 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a two-run homer and three walks in the 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs. Greiner leads the Gamecocks with a .345 average (57-for-165) with a team-high eight homers and 47 RBI as well as a .418 on-base percentage and a .552 slugging percentage. Greiner is doing well in the league with a .344 mark (31-for-90) in 24 SEC games with four homers and 22 RBI vs. conference foes.
The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until the semifinalists for the award are announced on May 27, ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.
USA Baseball officials will announce the list of semifinalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, 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 once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2014. Tuesday, May 27 marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.
The complete 2014 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:
Caleb Adams, OF, Junior, Louisiana Lafayette Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton Erick Fedde, EHP, Junior, UNLV Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU Mike Franco, RHP, Junior, Florida International Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly Connor Joe, IF, Junior, San Diego Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia Jordan Luplow, OF, Junior, Fresno State Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, Louisiana State Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State Josh Prevost, RHP, Senior, Seton Hall A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky DJ Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana Drew Weeks, OF/IF, Junior, North Florida Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco