Nate Harris Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist


May 31, 2017


On Tuesday afternoon, USA Baseball announced Louisiana Tech senior pitcher Nate Harris as one of 25 semi-finalists for the 40th Annual Golden Spikes Award which given annually to best player in college baseball.

The 2017 Conference USA Pitcher of the year is the only player from Conference USA to be named a semifinalist and is one of just six semi-finalists to come from a non-power five school. 

Harris was the only pitcher in college baseball to toss three complete games and register seven or more saves this season.

The right-hander also ended the regular season lead Conference USA in wins (8), saves (8), ERA (1.75), complete games (3), WHIP (0.90), walks allowed per nine innings (1.03) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.0) 

Fan voting will once again be part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2017.  This announcement officially marks the opening of voting for amateur baseball fans from across the country on -- the online home of the award, powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM). 

Harris become the first Bulldog to be named a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, since Brian Rike in 2007, exactly ten years ago. Rike was later drafted in the second round of the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.

USA Baseball officials will announce the finalists for the 2017 Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday, June 14. To select the finalists, the list of semifinalists is sent to a voting body consisting of past Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and select current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total. As part of the selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of semifinalists.  Voting will be open until Friday, June 9. 



The live presentation of the 2017 Golden Spikes Award will be announced exclusively on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, on Thursday, June 29. The announcement will take place in ESPN's Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. Live.

Previous winners of the award include Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and pitcher David Price, Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer.


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