Jake Mangum Placed On Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With two days until the start of the 2017 baseball season, Mississippi State sophomore outfielder Jake Mangum has added to his preseason accolades by named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, USA Baseball unveiled Wednesday.
Given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country, the 40th Golden Spikes Award will be presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation on June 29 in Los Angeles.
Coming off of a freshman season in which he claimed the Southeastern Conference batting crown in addition to recognition on seven All-America lists, Mangum has already received four 2017 Preseason All-America honors.
In 2016, Mangum recorded a league-high .408 batting average, in addition to being named SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC First Team. Mangum’s .408 single-season average stands seventh in school history, ousting Rafael Palmeiro’s .406 batting average during his rookie campaign in 1983. Mangum spent the offseason playing summer ball in the prestigious Cape Cod baseball league for the Bourne Braves.
Mangum and the rest of the Diamond Dawgs will begin the 2017 season at Dudy Noble Field on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. CT against 2016 College World Series participant Texas Tech. Season tickets and Pick 15 Flex Pack options are on sale at HailState.com/tickets.
Anticipated 2017 Golden Spikes Award timeline:
- Wednesday, February 15: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list
- Monday, March 27: 2017 Golden Spikes Award fan nominations begin
- Sunday, April 2: 2017 Golden Spikes Award fan nominations end
- Wednesday, April 12: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list
- Wednesday, May 31: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, voting begins
- Friday, June 9: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, voting ends
- Wednesday, June 14: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists, voting begins
- Friday, June 23: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists, voting ends
- Thursday, June 29: 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation
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