Story courtesy of Ball State Sports Information
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State junior second baseman/right-hander Kolbrin Vitek (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan) has been named one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award (GSA), which is given to the nation's top amateur player by USA Baseball.
Fans can follow online and vote for the award at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to five finalists on Tuesday, June 8, en route to the announcement of this year's winner on Tuesday, July 13. The 2010 GSA will be awarded live at Major League Baseball's All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif. Online footage of the event will air live exclusively at GoldenSpikesAward.com
Vitek, who is also on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award, was recently named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year becoming the sixth Cardinal all-time to receive the honor. He led the Cardinals in batting with a .361 batting average and on the mound with a league-low 3.28 ERA as a weekend starter.
Vitek, a First Team All-MAC selection, tallied a team-high 83 hits and scored a MAC-best 73 runs this season. He notched 20 doubles and 17 home runs to post a .691 slugging percentage while also stealing 16 bases. He recorded 26 multiple-hit games and 20 multiple-RBI games at the plate.
On the mound, Vitek was one of the most dominant pitchers in the MAC as he had a 3.28 ERA on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.72 in league play. He tossed a team-high 79.2 innings of work and owned a 3-4 record with three saves.
2010 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists
Trevor Bauer, Sophomore, RHP, UCLA, Daniel Bibona, Senior, LHP, UC Irvine, Gary Brown, Junior, IF, Cal State Fullerton Michael Choice, Junior, OF, Texas-Arlington Christian Colon, Junior, IF, Cal State Fullerton Zack Cox, Junior, IF/RHP, Arkansas Derek Dietrich, Junior, IF, Georgia Tech Chris Duffy, Senior, IF/OF, Central Florida Yasmani Grandal, Junior, C, Miami (Fla.) Cole Green, Junior, RHP/OF, Texas Bryce Harper, Freshman, C, Southern Nevada Paul Hoilman, Junior, RHP/IF, East Tennessee State Danny Hultzen, Sophomore, LHP/IF, Virginia Taylor Jungmann, Sophomore, RHP, Texas Barret Loux, Junior, RHP/OF, Texas A&M Zack MacPhee, Sophomore, IF, Arizona State Mike McGee, Junior, RHP/OF, Florida State Deck McGuire, Junior, RHP, Georgia Tech Anthony Meo, Sophomore, RHP, Coastal Carolina Hunter Morris, Junior, IF/OF, Auburn Drew Pomeranz, Junior, LHP, Mississippi Anthony Rendon, Sophomore, IF, Rice Chance Ruffin, Junior, RHP, Texas Chris Sale, Junior, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast Rob Segedin, RS Sophomore, IF/RHP, Tulane John Stilson, Sophomore, RHP/IF, Texas A&M Kolbrin Vitek, Junior, IF/RHP, Ball State Alex Wimmers, Junior, RHP, Ohio State Asher Wojciechowski, Junior, RHP, The Citadel Phil Wunderlich, Junior, IF/OF, Louisville
About the Golden Spikes Award Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner was Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell (‘98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78). For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.