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Gonzales Named On Golden Spikes Award Watch List

DURHAM, N.C. - Gonzaga University junior Marco Gonzales was named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List announced USA Baseball Thursday.

Gonzales headlines a group of seven athletes who finished among the 30 semifinalist for the 2012 Golden Spike Award.

The Fort Collins, Colo., native has already been named a 2013 preseason All-American by Baseball America, Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He is the reigning West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and NCBWA District IX Player of the Year.

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.

Gonzales is coming off a spectacular sophomore season where he compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.55 ERA on the mound. The two-way player was just as successful at the plate where he hit .325 for the Zags.

A year ago the southpaw, one of three finalists for The 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame's John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, appeared in 12 games for the Zags with three shutouts to go with 92 strikeouts. He led the West Coast Conference in ERA and tied for second in wins helping the club to a 34-22 record.

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).

Important 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:

Thursday, Feb. 14: 50-man preseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Thursday, May 2: 60-man midseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
Tuesday, May 28: 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters select three
Friday, May 31: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 4: Three finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
Friday, June 14: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
Friday, July 19: Live Golden Spikes Award presentation airing on MLB Network...


Gonzaga Article Link that includes the complete 2013 preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=206399063)

USA Baseball's Release Link (http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ATCLID=206399063&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&ymd=20130214&content_id=41604024&vkey=news_gsa)