7/19 Bryant wins award
USA Baseball announced Friday that Kris Bryant won the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The award recognizes the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
Tyler Beede of Vanderbilt and Colin Moran of North Carolina were the other finalists for the award. Bryant, who starred at the University of San Diego, was selected by the Cubs with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Bryant is the first Golden Spikes Award winner and highest draft pick in San Diego’s history. The Las Vegas native was a consensus first-team All-American, the first Dick Howser Trophy recipient from San Diego, and Baseball America’s 2013 College Player of the Year. Bryant crushed a nation’s best 31 home runs, a record in the BBCOR bat era of college baseball. Bryant also led the nation in runs (80), base on balls (66), total bases (187) and slugging percentage (.820).
Bryant becomes the first infielder to win the Golden Spikes Award since Nebraska’s Alex Gordon won the award in 2005. Bryant is also the first player from the West Coast Conference to win the award.