Brentz named to Golden Spikes Watch List

USA Baseball releases players to watch for prestigious award

February 18, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
DURHAM, N.C. - Middle Tennessee junior Bryce Brentz has been named to the Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List as announced by USA Baseball on Thursday.

Brentz is one of 50 named to the watch list which is the organization's first step toward identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2010 for the 33rd time.

The Golden Spikes Watch List will be a "rolling" list to ensure that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the Golden Spikes Award, to be presented live on Tuesday, July 13, at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif.

Headlining the 2010 watch list are six athletes who finished among the 30 semifinalists for the 2009 Golden Spikes Award. The players include Daniel Bibona (LHP, Sr., UC Irvine), Bryce Brentz (OF/RHP, Jr., Middle Tennessee), Deck McGuire (RHP, Jr., Georgia Tech), Addison Reed (RHP, Jr., San Diego State), Anthony Rendon (3B, So., Rice) and Alex Wimmers (RHP, Jr., Ohio State).

Brentz has received a number of preseason honors including Sun Belt Player of the Year and consensus All-America as he and the Blue Raiders look to defend their titles from 2009.

On Tuesday, June 1, USA Baseball officials will cut the watch list of players to 30 names. The final list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA Baseball sports information directors, and current USA Baseball staff - close to 150 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2010. June 1 will also mark the day when college baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the Golden Spikes Award on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose five players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 8, USA Baseball will announce the five finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

The 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented nationally July 13 on an award show via live telecast from Anaheim on GoldenSpikesAward.com, USABaseball.com and MLB.com in conjunction with All-Star FanFest.

Brentz and the Blue Raiders open the 2010 season on Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. at Memphis in a three-game series. All of Middle Tennessee's games over the weekend may be heard on WMTS or on goblueraiders.com.

Complete 2010 Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List:

1. Chad Bettis, RHP, Junior, Texas Tech 2. Daniel Bibona, LHP, Senior, UC Irvine 3. Bryce Brentz, OF/RHP, Junior, Middle Tennessee 4. Michael Choice, OF, Junior, Texas-Arlington 5. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Sophomore, UCLA 6. Christian Colon, SS, Junior, Cal State Fullerton 7. Zack Cox, 3B/RHP, Sophomore, Arkansas 8. Todd Cunningham, OF, Junior, Jacksonville State 9. Blake Dean, 1B/OF, Senior, Louisiana State 10. Sam Dyson, RHP, Junior, South Carolina 11. Brett Eibner, RHP/OF, Junior, Arkansas 12. Micah Gibbs, C, Junior, Louisiana State 13. Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Sophomore, Florida State 14. Yasmani Grandal, C, Junior, Miami (Fla.) 15. Sonny Gray, RHP, Sophomore, Vanderbilt 16. Justin Grimm, RHP, Junior, Georgia 17. Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, Junior, West Virginia 18. Rick Hague, SS, Junior, Rice 19. Bryce Harper, C/3B/OF, Freshman, Southern Nevada 20. Cody Hawn, 1B, Junior, Tennessee 21. Chris Hernandez, LHP, Junior, Miami (Fla.) 22. Tyler Holt, OF, Junior, Florida State 23. Danny Hultzen, LHP/1B, Sophomore, Virginia 24. Kevin Jacob, RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech 25. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Sophomore, Texas 26. Leon Landry, OF, Junior, Louisiana State 27. Deck McGuire, RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech 28. Hunter Morris, 1B/OF, Junior, Auburn 29. Jarrett Parker, OF, Junior, Virginia 30. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Junior, Mississippi 31. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Junior, Louisiana State 32. Addison Reed, RHP, Junior, San Diego State 33. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Sophomore, Rice 34. Daniel Renken, RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton 35. Kyle Roller, 1B, Senior, East Carolina 36. Cameron Rupp, C, Junior, Texas 37. Chris Sale, LHP, Junior, Florida Gulf Coast 38. Jake Smith, 3B/RHP, Senior, Alabama 39. Josh Spence, LHP, Senior, Arizona State 40. Tony Thompson, 3B, Junior, Kansas 41. Preston Tucker, 1B, Sophomore, Florida 42. Kolbrin Vitek, 3B/RHP, Junior, Ball State 43. Austin Wates, OF, Junior, Virginia Tech 44. Cody Wheeler, LHP, Junior, Coastal Carolina 45. Ross Wilson, 2B/SS, Junior, Alabama 46. Alex Wimmers, RHP, Junior, Ohio State 47. Mickey Wiswall, 3B/1B, Junior, Boston College 48. Kolten Wong, 2B, Sophomore, Hawaii 49. Scott Woodward, 3B, Junior, Coastal Carolina 50. Brandon Workman, RHP, Junior, Texas

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