UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer was named by USA Baseball on Friday as the 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner. The award recognizes the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Bauer, the number 3 overall pick in the June draft, emerged from a group of three finalists that included Texas’ Taylor Jungmann and Virginia’s Danny Hultzen.
Bauer posted a record of 13-2 as he and top overall pick Gerrit Cole led the Bruins into the Regionals. Hultzen was the second overall pick, going to Seattle, while Jungmann was taken by Milwaukee with the 12th pick.
The GSA is added to a list of awards for Bauer who already has received Player/Pitcher of the Year honors from the PAC-10, Baseball America and Louisville Slugger. The right-hander set a PAC-10 single-season strikeout record in 2011 with 203.
The list of recent GSA winners is pretty impressive. Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg took home the last two awards and preceding them were major league standouts Buster Posey, David Price and Tim Lincecum.