Eshelman and Lorenzen Named to Midseason Golden Spikes Watch List

DURHAM, N.C. – Cal State Fullerton freshman right-hander Thomas Eshelman and junior two-way player Michael Lorenzen were named to Golden Spikes Award 60-man midseason watch list by USA Baseball on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country.

For Eshelman, this is his second honor as the rookie from Carlsbad, Calif., was also named to the College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year watch list on April 15.
In his first season for Cal State Fullerton, the Titans' Friday-night starter posts a record of 7-2 in 11 starts and his miniscule 1.41 ERA leads the Big West, ranks 22nd in the country and fifth among freshmen across the nation.

Eshelman has pitched in three combined shutouts this season, and in a staff-leading 76 and 2/3 innings on the mound, has struck out 50 while holding opposing batter to a staff-best .183 average.

In his first 63 and 1/3 innings as a collegiate pitcher, Eshelman did not issue a walk, a streak that fell just two innings short of Wes Roemer's program record of 65 and 1/3 innings in 2006. The main difference between the two streaks was that Eshelman plunked only two batters, while Roemer drilled 12.

In addition Eshelman leads the country in walks allowed per 9.0 innings pitched (0.12) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (50.0). Eshelman's mark of 5.87 hits allowed per 9.0 innings ranks 18th in the country.

Eshelman has also totaled nine quality starts in 2013.

On Feb. 15, 2013, he became the first freshman to start a season opener for the Titans since Feb. 5, 1987 when Mark Beck took the mound vs. Saint Mary's. Eshelman didn't disappoint the sellout crowd of 3,508 as CSF edged USC, 3-2.
Eshelman joins Louisiana State infielder Alex Bregman, as the only other freshman on the watch list.
For Lorenzen, the Golden Spikes watch list is the fourth he has been named to this season, adding to the list of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list, National College Baseball Writers Association Mid-Season Stopper of the Year watch list and the College Baseball Hall of Fame 2013 Pitcher of the Year watch list.

Entering the week, Lorenzen's 13 saves top the Big West and are tied for fifth in the country.

In 15 appearances this season, Lorenzen has tossed 15 and 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and managing a 2.35 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .189 clip.

In addition, in both of his blown saves this season, Lorenzen has kept the Titans within reach to earn the win in both games.

At the plate, Lorenzen leads Cal State Fullerton or is tied for the lead in several offensive categories; batting average (.346; 7th Big West), slugging percentage (.562; 2nd Big West), hits (56; T-4th Big West), RBIs (40; 1st Big West), doubles (8) home runs (7; T-2nd Big West), and game-winning RBIs (7). His 13-game hitting streak from March 15-April 2 was the longest for any Titan this season, as Fullerton went 12-1 during that stretch while Lorenzen batted .469 with 19 RBIs, three doubles, three home runs and 13 runs scored.

On April 12, Lorenzen was denied his 17th consecutive save, but picked up the win in a 4-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The blown save ended his streak of 16 straight that dated back to May 1, 2012. Lorenzen's 29 career saves rank fourth all-time at Fullerton.

Lorenzen and Eshelman are the only representatives from the Big West Conference on the Golden Spikes watch list.

The Titans have produced three Golden Spikes winners in the program's history: Tim Wallach (1979), Phil Nevin (1992) and Mark Kotsay (1995).

The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 28 -- when the 30 semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award.  The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on 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 MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.

 

Twenty-nine new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 31 others from the original watch list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch list players, placing 11 on the midseason update, while Georgia Tech and Louisiana State each placed three players on the list.  

 

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 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 GoldenSpikesAward.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. 

 

USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create GoldenSpikesAward.com in 2008. Later that year, Florida State's Buster Posey was presented the award at MLB All-Star FanFest in New York City. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego States won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim, Calif., in 2010. UCLA's Trevor Bauer was the 2011 winner and Florida's Mike Zunino won the 2012 award. Bauer and Zunino accepted their trophies as part of live presentations from 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: 

 

Tuesday, May 28: 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters to 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's The Rundown

 

The complete 2013 Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows: 

 

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference

Chris Anderson, RHP, Junior, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun

Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12

Barrett Astin, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC

Michael Bass, IF, Senior, UNC-W, Colonial Athletic

Tyler Beede, RHP, Sophomore, Vanderbilt, SEC

Aaron Blair, RHP, Junior, Marshall, C-USA

Matt Boyd, LHP, Senior, Oregon State, Pac-12

Alex Bregman, IF, Freshman, Louisiana State, SEC

Kris Bryant, UTL, Junior, San Diego, West Coast

Danny Collins, OF, Junior, Troy, Sun Belt

Michael Conforto, OF, Sophomore, Oregon State, Pac-12

Kyle Crockett, LHP, Junior, Virginia, ACC

LB Dantzler, IF, Senior, South Carolina, SEC

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Junior, North Carolina, ACC

Phillip Ervin, OF, Junior, Samford, SoCon

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Freshman, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Zane Evans, C/RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Buck Farmer, RHP, Senior, Georgia Tech, ACC

Johnny Field, OF, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12

Mitchell Garver, C, Senior, New Mexico, Mountain West

Marco Gonzales, LHP, Junior, Gonzaga, West Coast

Jonathan Gray, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Ryon Healy, IF, Junior, Oregon, Pac-12

Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Sophomore, ECU, USA

Jason Hursh, RHP, RS Sophomore, Oklahoma St, Big 12

Eric Jagielo, IF, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East

Aaron Judge, OF, Junior, Fresno State, Mountain West

Mason Katz, IF, Senior, Louisiana State, SEC

Jared King, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12

Andrew Knapp, C, Junior, California, Pac-12

Corey Knebel, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12

Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West

Sean Manaea, LHP, Junior, Indiana State, Missouri Valley

Trey Masek, RHP, Junior, Texas Tech, Big 12

Kyle McGowin, RHP, Junior, Savannah State, Mid-Eastern

Colin Moran, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC

Aaron Nola, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, SEC

Matt Oberste, IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12

Daniel Palka, UTL, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC

D.J. Peterson, IF, Junior, New Mexico, Mountain West

Nick Petree, RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State, Missouri Valley

Andrew Pierce, RHP, Senior, Southern Mississippi, C-USA

Adam Plutko, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-12

Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Junior, Miami, ACC

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC

Carlos Rodon, LHP, Sophomore, NC State, ACC

Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Sophomore, Indiana, Big Ten

Jimmie Sherfy, RHP , Junior, Oregon, Pac-12

Braden Shipley, RHP, Junior, Nevada, MWC

Dan Slania, RHP, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East

Ryne Stanek, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC

Jeff Thompson, RHP, Junior, Louisville, Big East

Trea Turner, IF, Sophomore, NC State, ACC

Stuart Turner, C, Junior, Mississippi, SEC

Bobby Wahl, RHP, Junior, Mississippi, SEC

Trevor Williams, RHP, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12

Tom Windle, LHP, Junior, Minnesota, Big 10

Derrick Workman, OF, Junior, Mercer, Atlantic Sun

Jimmy Yezzo, IF, Junior, Delaware, Colonial Athletic

Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

 

About the Golden Spikes Award

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2012 Golden Spikes Award winner was Mike Zunino of the University of Florida.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03) and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('8 5), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

 

About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com.