Golden Spikes Award

Top Amateur Baseball Player in the Country

The Golden Spikes Award is presented each year to the baseball player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability AND exemplary sportsmanship. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball stars Robin Ventura, Jason Varitek, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin, as well as 2001 winner Mark Prior of the Chicago Cubs.

For the previous thirty years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with this award. The Golden Spikes Award is sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), underscoring the commitment of Major League Baseball players to the grassroots development of baseball programs, particularly for youth, around the world. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present each recipient of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

"I wanted to go out and play every game as hard as I could this season, with it being my last year in college. To be able to look back on the year and know that I was named the best amateur player as the Golden Spikes Award winner, it’s just a very special honor." - 2002 USA Golden Spikes Award winner Khalil Greene
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In Chronological Order

Year

Golden Spikes Award Winners

College Attended (Number of Winners)

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

Augie Schmidt

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

Miami-Dade Community College (1)

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Kip Bouknight

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010
2011
UCLA (1)
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Kyle Lewis
Mercer University (1)
2017
Brendan McKay
2018
Andrew Vaughn

2019

Not Yet Announced (07-2019)

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Year

Golden Spikes Award Winners

College Attended (Number of Winners)

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When the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner was announced in July 2002, they simultaneously celebrated their 25th Anniversary, and announced their All-Time anniversary team (below):

25th Anniversary Golden Spikes Award Team

Pitchers: Jim Abbott , Ben McDonald & Mark Prior .
Infielders: Pat Burrell , Will Clark , Bob Horner , Phil Nevin & Robin Ventura .
Outfielders: J.D. Drew , Terry Francona , & Mark Kotsay .

Did you know that Khalil Greene (2002 recipient of the Golden Spikes Award) played for the Clemson Tigers and was the second NCAA player to ever collect four-hundred hits during his college career?
Do you know who was drafted ahead of Greene ? Do you remember what team drafted Greene ? Check the 2002 First Round Draft Picks today. Names which appear on the chart above in gray did not make it to the Major League level.
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