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Brazelton a Finalist for Golden Spikes Award

September 27, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Former Blue Raider pitcher Dewon Brazelton has one more award to vie for this year.

The Tullahoma native and third overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft has been named one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top collegiate player by USA Baseball in coordination with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The 24th Annual Award winner will be announced in early December in Tucson, Ariz., the home of USA Baseball.

Brazleton set the college baseball world on fire last season. After a summer with the USA National Team in which he set the organization's ERA record with a 0.65 mark, he continued his assault on opposing hitters. During the course of the 2001 season, Brazelton became the Blue Raiders' career and single season leader in strikeouts while posting a stellar 13-2 record with a 1.42 ERA.

Brazelton's efforts were rewarded with First Team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and Baseball Weekly. Brazlelton was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year and the league's Athlete of the Year. He was also a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser and Rotary Smith Awards.

Four other players have also been named as finalists for the award. The other finalists include Chris Burke from the University of Tennessee, John Ford-Griffin from Florida State, Mark Prior from Southern California, and John Vanbenschoten of Kent State.

The Golden Spikes Award has long been recognized as the most prestigious amateur baseball award. It is awarded each year to the player that exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. Past winners include current big leaguers Pat Burrell, J.D. Drew, Travis Lee, Mark Kotsay, Jason Varitek, Darren Dreifort, Phil Nevin, and Robin Ventura.

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