EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon starting pitcher Matt Krook is one of 50 players on the Golden Spikes Award watch list which was released by USA Baseball today. The award honors the top amateur player in the country.
Krook (San Mateo, Calif.) was named to the list despite missing the entire 2015 season after injuring his elbow and having Tommy John surgery. The 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher was Oregon’s Saturday starter in 2014 before suffering the injury at Washington on April 5 which forced him to also miss the remainder of that season. Before being sidelined, Krook compiled a 2-1 record with a 1.79 ERA in eight starts. He struck out 60 batters in 45.1 innings pitched, while holding opposing hitters to a .148 average.
The Ducks’ sophomore was a first-round pick (35th overall by the Miami Marlins) in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. He claimed first-team freshman All-America honors following the 2014 season despite missing the final two months. He redshirted last year.
Krook also claimed preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.