SECAUCUS, N.J. — USA Baseball announced Friday the selection of UCLA’s Trevor Bauer as the recipient of the 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
The award, now in its 34th year of recognizing the nation’s top amateur baseball player, was presented on live television for the first time on MLB Network.
Left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen of Virginia and Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann also were finalists for the award. Bauer was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Hultzen went No. 2 to the Mariners and Jungmann No. 12 to the Brewers. It was the first time in the history of the award that all of the finalists were pitchers.
“Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen and Taylor Jungmann each exemplify what USA Baseball looks for in its Golden Spikes Award finalists both on and off the field,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. “Trevor authored an incredible performance in 2011, and we are honored to present such a deserving player with the award.”
The recipient of Baseball America’s and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball’s Player of the Year awards, Bauer had a record-breaking season in 2011. The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year set the conference single-season record for strikeouts with 203.
Bauer went 13-2 for the Bruins, throwing 10 complete games (tied for first in UCLA single-season history) over 136 2/3 innings. Bauer was the first GSA finalist from UCLA since Troy Glaus in 1997.
Bauer is the fifth pitcher in the past eight years to win the GSA, joining 2011 MLB All-Stars Jered Weaver of the Angels (Long Beach State, 2004), Tim Lincecum of the Giants (Washington, 2006) and David Price of the Rays (Vanderbilt, 2007). Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State) of the Nationals took home the award in 2009.