Five finalists announced for Golden Spikes Award
Washington's Tim Lincecum, Long Beach State's Evan Longoria, North Carolina's Andrew Miller, David Price of Vanderbilt, and Texas' Drew Stubbs are the five finalists for the 2006 Golden Spikes Award, college baseball's top honor.
Considered one of the top pitchers in the nation, Lincecum completed the regular season with a 1.94 ERA and a 12-4 record. Along the way, the right-hander recorded 199 strikeouts in 125.1 innings and had two shutouts. In his April 18 start against the UCLA Bruins, Lincecum struck out 18 on the way to a 4-1 victory.
Longoria, Long Beach State's third baseman, finished the regular season as the Big West Conference leader in slugging percentage (.602) and on-base percentage (.468). He was also amongst the conference's top 10 in average (.353), home runs (11), and RBI (43).
Miller went 11-2 while notching 102 strikeouts and recording a 2.07 ERA. He was named the 2006 ACC Pitcher of the Year and is a three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week.
Price, the only sophomore on the list, went 9-4 in 2006 while recording 147 strikeouts in 104 innings. In the summer of 2005, Price was a member of the USA Baseball National Team where he went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA.
Stubbs, the Longhorns starting center fielder for the past three seasons, had a career best .347 batting average in 2006 to go along with 11 home runs and 50 RBI. He was among the top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in seven offensive categories, including home runs, steals and slugging percentage. He was also an integral part of Texas' 2005 national championship squad.
Past winners of this award include current MLB players such as Khalil Greene ('02), Mark Prior ('01), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell ('98), J.D. Drew ('97), Travis Lee ('96), Mark Kotsay ('95), Jason Varitek ('94), Darren Dreifort ('93), and Phil Nevin ('92). Past winners also include Alex Fernandez ('90), Ben McDonald ('89), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).
The presentation of the Golden Spikes Award will be broadcast on June 23 (ESPNU, 1 p.m. ET).