SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State junior pitcher Nick Petree was one 50 collegiate players named Thursday to the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA) watch list. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur player in the nation for the 36th time in 2013.
Collegiate Baseball's 2012 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year, Petree joins an elite group of some of the top Division I players in the country identified by USA Baseball. Including Petree, seven student-athletes who finished among the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award are among those under consideration for this year's honor, including Mark Appel (RHP, Senior, Stanford), Kris Bryant (OF/3B/1B, Junior, San Diego), Marco Gonzales (LHP, Junior, Gonzaga), D.J. Peterson (3B/1B, Junior, New Mexico), Raph Rhymes (OF, Senior, Louisiana State) and Carlos Rodon (LHP, Sophomore, North Carolina State).
The "rolling" list features 50 of the nation's top amateur players, with the Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on the MLB Network on July 19. Following the release of a second, 60-player Watch List on May 2, USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com, beginning May 28. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On June 4 USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, Petree turned in the nation's longest scoreless-inning streak in 2012, working a Missouri State-record 38.1 consecutive shutout frames from April 6-May 17, as well as 73.0 straight innings without giving up an earned run (March 2-May 17). Petree's 1.01 earned run average led Division I and he paced the MVC in victories after becoming just the seventh pitcher in school history to surpass the 100-strikeout plateau in a season, ranking 16th nationally and third on MSU's single-season strikeout list.