Scott Frazier Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List
Waves Standout Will Take the Ball Opening Day vs. Western Michigan
Feb. 14, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. – Pepperdine’s Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) earned a spot on the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List as released today by USA Baseball. The junior righthander was the Saturday starter for the Waves last season and posted a 7-5 record with a 3.93 ERA in 15 appearances for the defending West Coast Conference Champions.
Frazier will take the ball for Pepperdine in its 2013 season opener against Western Michigan Friday, February 15 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch against the Broncos is set for 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Watch List is the organizations first step towards identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country. The list features 50 of the nation's top amateur players and will be a "rolling" list to ensure athletes can play themselves into consideration for the Golden Spike Award.
Frazier posted memorable victories for the Waves last season as a sophomore and captured WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing 7.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts against No. 14 Oklahoma (2/18/12) in a 10-0 Pepperdine shutout. Frazier recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in a 7.0 inning no-decision at Gonzaga (3/31/12).
The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on the MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19. Through USA Baseball's partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikeAward.com and USABaseball.com.
Following the release of a second, 60-player Watch List on Thursday, May 2, USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, May 28 marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikeAward.com. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4 USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
Beginning with Florida State's Buster Posey in New York in 2008, USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create GoldenSpikeAward.com, and until 2011, streamed its annual presentations online live from MLB All-Star FanFest. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim in 2010. UCLA's Trevor Bauer was the 2011 winner and Florida's Mike Zunino won the 2012 award. Both accepted the trophy as part of live presentations in MLB Network's Studio 42.
Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).