Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Brandon Finnegan (TCU), Mark Payton (Texas) and Ryan McBroom (West Virginia) have been named to USA Baseball’s 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.
The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 27 -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.
Payton and McBroom are additions to the list since its initial release on February 14, while Kivett and Finnegan are among 27 players from the preseason watch list.
Kivett, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, has earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season. The senior ranks sixth in the league in batting with a .346 average and is also in the top 10 in nine other offensive categories including ranking second in runs scored. Kivett became the first Wildcat to hit for the cycle in nearly 17 years this season.
Finnegan leads the league and is second in the nation with 80 strikeouts on the year. The junior is holding opponents to a .179 average in eight games along with a 1.60 ERA and 5-2 record.
Payton currently holds a 73-game active reached base streak dating back to 2013. The senior ranks third in the league with a .361 batting average and first with a .480 on-base percentage.
McBroom is tied for the Big 12 lead with six home runs on the year while also ranking ninth with a .343 batting average. The senior is tied for second in the conference with 33 RBI.
USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of 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 2014. Tuesday, May 27, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.
A Big 12 player has claimed the award on two occasions - Alex Gordon (Nebraska) in 2005 and Jason Jennings (Baylor) in 1999.