Wednesday afternoon, USA Baseball announced the forty players being considered for the Golden Spikes Award. For the college baseball newbies, it’s more or less the Heisman of NCAA baseball. Included on that list were Beavs’ pitcher Luke Heimlich and shortstop Nick Madrigal.
Heimlich is currently 5th in the nation in ERA (0.77) with 63 strikeouts on the year and ranks 9th in the nation hits allowed Per nine innings with 4.91. Madrigal is batting .392 with 11 doubles, one triple, three homers and 19 RBIs.
Other teams with two players named to the list include North Carolina, Texas, LSU, Virginia, and Auburn. The Pac-12 has five players total on the list.
Of players named to the list, Oregon State has defeated one (JJ Matijevic of Arizona) and has one remaining on the schedule. That matchup will be against Oregon Ducks pitcher David Peterson, on May 11th or 12th, depending on what they do with their rotation between now and then.
Here’s the complete list of players named, in alphabetical order:
Tyler Adkinson, Jr., OF, San Diego State
Joey Bart, So., C, Georgia Tech
J.B. Bukauskas, Jr., P, North Carolina
Jake Burger, Jr., IF, Missouri St.
Griffin Canning, Jr., P, UCLA
Morgan Cooper, Jr., P, Texas
Alex Cunningham, Sr., P, Coastal Carolina
Greg Deichmann, Jr., OF, LSU
Alex Faedo, Jr., P, Florida
Ben Fisher, Sr., IF, Eastern Kentucky
Steven Gingery, So., P, Texas Tech
Dre Gleason, Sr., IF, Austin Peay
Adam Haseley, Jr., OF/P, Virginia
Luke Heimlich, Jr., P, Oregon State
Keston Hiura, Jr., IF/OF, UC Irvine
Tyler Holton, So., P, Florida State
Tanner Houck, Jr., P, Missouri
Marshall Kasowski, Jr., P, West Texas A&M
Jeren Kendall, Jr., OF, Vanderbilt
Nolan Kingham, So., RHP, Texas
Blaine Knight, So., P, Arkansas
Gunner Leger, Jr., P, Louisiana Lafayette
Nick Madrigal, So., IF, Oregon State
J.J. Matijevic, Jr., IF, Arizona
Brendan McKay, Jr., IF/P, Louisville
Kevin Merrell, Jr., IF/OF, South Florida
Casey Mize, So., P, Auburn
Eli Morgan, Jr., P, Gonzaga
David Peterson, Jr., P, Oregon
Jared Poche, Sr., P, LSU
Brent Rooker, Jr., OF, Mississippi State
Jake Scheiner, Jr., IF, Houston
Clarke Schmidt, Jr., P, South Carolina
JP Sears, Jr., P, Citadel
Danny Sexton, Jr., LHP, Wright State
Brian Shaffer, Jr., P, Maryland
Pavin Smith, Jr., IF/OF, Virginia
Keegan Thompson, Jr., P, Auburn
Logan Warmoth, Jr., IF, North Carolina
Evan White, Jr., IF, Kentucky
USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2017 Golden Spikes Award on May 31st.