May 1, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
Junior catcher/infielder Josh Donaldson has been named a semi-finalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award, it was announced on Tuesday.
Donaldson is currently hitting .335 for the Tigers with nine home runs and a team-best 45 RBI. He enters this week third in the Southeastern Conference in doubles (16), fourth in runs scored (50), sixth in walks (34) and stolen bases (16), 10th in RBI and total bases (102) and 12th in slugging percentage (.580). He has also picked off a league-high seven runners from behind the plate.
For the past 29 years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State in 1978, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner was Tim Lincecum of the University of Washington.
Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Alex Gordon ('05), Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell (`98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).
The winner's name will be announced on June 29, 2007, during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.