Kaczmarski Named To USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Kaczmarski Named To USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List

📅08 May 2015, 10:18
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University of Evansville senior Kevin Kaczmarski was named to the 30-player USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List, in an announcement by USA Baseball Thursday afternoon. The Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur baseball player in the country each year.
 
The UE outfielder leads all Division I baseball players in batting average (.468), on-base percentage (.535) and triples per game (0.18). Kaczmarski is also fourth in the country in slugging percentage (.734), fifth in triples (seven), 11th in hits (74), and 14th in RBIs per game (1.18).
 
A Cary, Ill. native, Kaczmarski leads the Purple Aces in batting average (.468), hits (74), doubles (16), triples (seven), runs batted in (46), total bases (116), slugging percentage (.734), on-base percentage (.545), and stolen bases (13).
 
Kaczmarski is currently on a 20 game hit streak, the longest of his career. He also has 25 multi-hit games this season and has only gone hitless in four of the 39 games played.
 
A two time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Kaczmarski was also named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (Apr. 28).
 
Kaczmarski and the Purple Aces visit Wichita State this weekend for a road series beginning on Friday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m.
 
USA Baseball will release the semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award on Friday, May 22. The semifinalists list will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that follow the amateur game closely, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 37 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters. 
 
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2015. Friday, May 22, marks the day when amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list. On Tuesday, June 2, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
 
The 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner will be named on Tuesday, June 23, at a presentation in Los Angeles. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.
 
Last year, University of Kentucky’s two-way star, A.J. Reed, took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).
 
GoldenSpikesAward.com – created in 2008 and powered by MLB Advanced Media — is the online home for the award.  The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, the weekly Golden Spikes Award spotlight, voting history and past winner photo galleries.
 
The anticipated timeline for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award announcements is:
  • Friday, May 29: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists voting ends
  • Tuesday, June 2: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting begins
  • Friday, June 12: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting ends
  • Tuesday, June 23: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation  
 
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