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Strasburg Named Finalist For 2009 Golden Spikes Award

Stephen Strasburg is one of five finalists for the 2009 Golden Spikes award.
Stephen Strasburg is one of five finalists for the 2009 Golden Spikes award.

June 2, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced that Aztec pitcher Stephen Strasburg is one of the five finalists for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This year will mark the 32nd consecutive year that the Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player.

The SDSU junior right-hander is also one of five finalists for the Pitcher of the Year award presented by the College Baseball Foundation and one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Award, given to the top college player in the nation by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Strasburg was selected as the National Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Strasburg is currently the national leader in strikeouts (195) and ranks second in ERA (1.32) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.37).

The two-time Mountain West Conference (MWC) Pitcher of the Year, he finished league play with a conference-best 7-0 record (13-1 overall), an ERA of 1.50 and 111 strikeouts. Strasburg is the first Aztec to be named a GSA finalist since eventual winner Travis Lee in 1996.

Rounding out the five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award are Dustin Ackley, 1B, North Carolina; Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State; Kent Matthes, OF, Alabama; and A.J. Morris, RHP, Kansas State.

Fans can continue to stay up to date on the award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball (MLB). The new Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for 2009 finalists.

The 2009 GSA will be awarded live on July 14 at All-Star FanFest in St. Louis as part of a production by MLB and MLBAM. Immediately following the presentation, footage will be streamed on the Internet exclusively at GoldenSpikesAward and MLB.com. This year marks the first time that the award will be presented live at All-Star FanFest.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it is following the same model again in 2009. After accepting nominations from sports information directors across the country, a committee voted to determine 30 semifinalists. The names of the 30 semifinalists were forwarded to a voting body of 125 who selected the five finalists, and the committee will now determine the eventual 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner.