STARKVILLE, Miss. — MSU junior shortstop Adam Frazier and junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe have been named to the watch list for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Thursday. It’s the first step in the selection process for choosing the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Fifty players, 12 from the Southeastern Conference, were named Thursday to the initial watch list. Major League Baseball sponsors the award, which will be presented during a live presentation July 19 with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM). A 60-player watch list will be announced May 2, 30 semifinalists revealed May 28 and three finalists selected and announced June 4.

Frazier, from Bishop, Ga., and a member of the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, has earned preseason All-America team honors after a sophomore campaign that saw him rank third in the SEC with a .371 batting average and 91 hits. He also led the SEC with 227 assists, most by a Mississippi State shortstop.

Renfroe (Crystal Springs, Miss.), also a preseason All-American, hit .252 and drove in 25 runs as a sophomore in 2012. He starred in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League last summer with the Bethesda (Md.) Big Train, hitting .364 and setting regular season league records with 19 home runs, 52 runs scored and 57 RBI.

Since 1978 USA Baseball has honored the nation’s top amateur baseball player with the Golden Spikes Award, with Mississippi State’s Will Clark receiving college baseball’s version of football’s Heisman Trophy in 1985.

Frazier, Renfroe and their Mississippi State teammates open the 2013 baseball season Friday at Dudy Noble Field when MSU welcomes first-time foe Portland to Starkville for a four-game series. Friday’s season opener is set for a 4 p.m. start. Bulldog All-American pitcher and 2012 MLB first-round draft pick Chris Stratton of Tupelo, Miss., will return to the mound at Dudy Noble Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 Article courtesy MState Athletics


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