DURHAM, N.C. – Oregon junior left-hander Tyler Anderson was announced as one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 USA Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday. This marks the 34th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
Beginning today, fans will be able to vote on the 2011 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.
Anderson was recently named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team for the second consecutive season, after completing the year with an 8-3 record, 2.17 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 107 and 2/3 innings on the mound.
Entering the 2011 season, the southpaw was named a preseason All-American by three publications.
The native of Las Vegas holds the Oregon all-time record with 285 career strikeouts, and holds the Oregon single-season record with 114 strikeouts (2011). On March 4, Anderson dealt a career-high 14 strikeouts in a win at Long Beach State, also claiming the Oregon single-game strikeout record.
Selected in the 50th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft out of Spring Valley High School (Las Vegas), Anderson is now projected to be a first-round draft pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft after three years as Oregon’s Friday-night starter.
In 2010, Anderson became the first Duck named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team in 39 years, and becomes the first player since Oregon baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season to receive the honor on two occasions.
In 15 starts this season, Anderson recorded 12 quality outings, and also posted six starts with six double-digit strikeouts. In his career, Anderson has 11 outings with double-digit strikeouts.
This year, Anderson also tossed the second complete game of his career, allowing two runs on three hits while fanning nine in the series-opening 4-2 win over Arizona April 21.
In what was presumed to be his final appearance in an Oregon uniform at PK Park last
Friday, Anderson pitched the Ducks to a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Oregon State in the Civil War Series opener.
The junior left-hander held the Beavers to one run in seven and 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and fanning 10. He exited the game to a standing ovation of 3,052 after retiring pinch hitter Max Gordon in the top of the eighth.
He 17 career wins at Oregon tie for third all-time, and Anderson is the first UO pitcher to record back-to-back seasons with at least 100 strikeouts (105, 2010; 114, 2011).
Anderson also spent the summer of 2010 pitching for the Collegiate National Team.
GoldenSpikesAward.com -- powered by MLB.com -- will once again be the online home for the award. The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2011 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Monday, June 6.
For the first time ever, the GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network. The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Tonight, Friday, July 15. The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network’s studios for the presentation, which will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. Online footage of the event also will be available via GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.
Connecticut and Vanderbilt top all schools with two semifinalists each, and in total 28 college and universities are represented on the list. Among conferences, the SEC leads with five players, while the ACC has four and the Pac-10 and Big East each have three. Juniors are tops with 22 semifinalists and they are joined by four sophomores and three seniors.
In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2011. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists. A ballot featuring the names and accomplishments of the 30 semifinalists will now be sent to a group of nearly 200 voters which will select the three finalists and eventual winner.