Feb. 15, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford has been named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, as announced by USA Baseball on Friday afternoon. One of 75 top college players selected to the award's watch list, Crawford has earned team MVP honors at UCLA the past two seasons.
Crawford has already earned a plethora of preseason honors. The junior from Pleasanton, Calif., has been named a second-team All-America shortstop by Baseball America and a preseason third-team All-America shortstop by Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association (NCBWA).
Last spring, Crawford totaled a .335 batting average, seven home runs and 55 RBI. He tied for the Bruins' team lead with 24 multi-hit games and led the squad with 16 multi-RBI performances. Crawford registered a team-leading 83 hits, 17 doubles, 11 stolen bases, 248 at-bats and 125 total bases after having started in all 61 games (59 at shortstop, two at designated hitter).
Crawford enters the 2008 season with a .327 career batting average, 13 home runs, 31 doubles, eight triples, 18 stolen bases, 85 RBI and 92 runs.
The initial list - the first ever of its kind for the Golden Spikes Award - features 75 of the nation's top collegiate talents (10 players from the Pac-10), as nominated by baseball sports information directors across the country. The watch list will also be "rolling" to ensure that athletes who play themselves into consideration by USA Baseball for the Golden Spikes Award are not ignored.
The Golden Spikes Award is sponsored by Major League Baseball, and 2008 marks the 31st installment of the award. Past winners of the award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004) and David Price (2007).