USF baseball LHP Shane McClanahan was one of 55 high school and college players named to the USA Baseball 2018 Golden Spikes Award given annually to the top amateur player in the country.
This is the second consecutive year—and second time ever—USF has had a player on the preseason watch list after former shortstop and first round pick Kevin Merrell was named to the list prior to last season.
Fans can vote for who they believe is most deserving of the award:
Starting on March 26 and ending April 1, fans will be able to nominate their favorite players for the Golden Spikes Award prior to the reveal of the midseason watch list on April 10. The semifinalists list will be sent to a voting body consisting of baseball media members, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 40 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters.
Amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite players at GoldenSpikesAward.com again in 2018, starting on May 21 with the naming of the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists. On June 6, USA Baseball will announce the finalists and voting will begin that day and last until June 22.
The winner of the 41st Golden Spikes Award will be announced on June 28 at a dinner in Los Angeles.
Lousiville two-way player and current Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brendan McKay won the award last year. Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper is one of only two high school players to ever win the award. His teammate Stephan Strasburg won it in 2008 and former Rays’ ace David Price won in 2007.
The Bulls open the 2018 campaign one week from today versus #6 UNC. The Tar Heels have a watch lister of their own in sophomore RHP Gianluca Dalatri.