clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

College baseball: A look at the top 10 Golden Spikes contenders

USA Baseball recently released its list of the 55 candidates for the Golden Spikes Award. I sat down with the baseball crew to discuss the top 10 contenders.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-LSU vs Oregon State Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Road to Omaha has officially begun. Yesterday was an action packed day from start to finish. Tristan Beck looks to be back, the Bash Brother of Wichita State went bananas, and LSU -- despite a new look squad — is still pretty good at baseball, exciting at the very least.

That all means that the Golden Spikes Award watch has also commenced. USA Baseball announced its first 55 players to watch on February 9. I sat down with Anthony Chiusano and Andrew Cyr, my baseball cohorts at, and discussed who we thought had the best chance to be amongst the final ten standing.

Here’s the list we came up with (in alphabetical order):


Luken Baker DH/ 1B Big 12 TCU
Seth Beer 1B/ OF ACC Clemson
Griffin Conine OF ACC Duke
Jeremy Eierman SS MVC Missouri State
Nick Madrigal 2B Pac-12 Oregon State
Casey Mize RHP SEC Auburn
Brady Singer RHP SEC Florida
Travis Swaggerty OF Sun Belt South Alabama
Matt Wallner OF/RHP C-USA Southern Miss
Zach Watson OF SEC LSU

So, how did we come up with our list? The three of us came up with 13 or 14 names and in roundtable fashion were able to narrow it down. Anthony spent all of the College World Series in Omaha, so between non-stop regional coverage and his time there, he’s seen a few of these guys up close and personal. Andrew is new this season, but a baseball junkie, more knowledgable than simple stat sheet looks. And then there’s opinionated me, who still thinks this is Travis Swaggerty’s year, so judge me as you will.

Five players — Seth Beer, Jeremy Eierman, Nick Madrigal, Casey Mize, and Brady Singer were unanimous. Four other had two of us agree and the third have said player on his alternate list. Matt Wallner was only on Anthony’s, but through some convincing debate, he rounded out our list.

Here’s what we came up with, player by player and we even included some thoughts on the six players who just missed the cut. You can get our full thoughts by clicking on the link below.

10 early contenders for the 2018 Golden Spikes Award