Baseball: Emerson Hancock Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

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Baseball: Emerson Hancock Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

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USA Baseball‘s midseason watch list for the annual Golden Spikes Award was announced Wednesday’

Hancock, who owns a 6-1 record and 1.02 Earned Run Average (ERA), ranks among the national leaders in Wins, ERA and Fewest Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (4.3). This season, the 6-4, 215-pound native of Cairo, Ga., has made eight starts, tallying 53 innings with 57 strikeouts and only 15 walks. He has served as the game one starter all season for the Bulldogs who are ranked No. 2 nationally with a 28-6 record and a league-leading 9-3 SEC mark.

The midseason watch list features 40 of the nation’s top amateur players from the high school and college ranks, and includes 21 athletes whom have played their way onto the watch list since the preseason list was announced on Feb. 5. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on May 15.





On Wednesday, May 15, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of baseball media members, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and 40 of the previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of semifinalists. On May 29, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin that same day.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2019. Beginning with the semifinalist announcement and continuing through the finalist round voting deadline, fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player on
The winner of the 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be named on Friday, June 14.
USA Baseball has partnered with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation to host the Golden Spikes Award since 2013. The Foundation was formed to honor legendary University of Southern California and USA Baseball Olympic team coach, Rod Dedeaux, and supports youth baseball and softball programs in underserved communities throughout Southern California.

USA Baseball Unveils Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List
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