Pomeranz named finalists for Golden Spikes Award

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Junior left-hander Drew Pomeranz was named one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award honoring the nation’s top collegiate baseball player by USA Baseball, the organization announced Tuesday.
A day after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the fifth overall pick in the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians – the highest draft pick in Ole Miss history – the southpaw continued to pull in accolades as USA Baseball named him a finalist for the award that will be presented for the 33rd consecutive season.
Pomeranz is the second Ole Miss player to be a finalist for the award as Stephen Head was a finalist for the 2004 edition of the award.
The Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the winner at a luncheon as a part of the MLB All-Star game festivities at 1:30 p.m. on July 13 in Anaheim, Calif. The five finalists include,
Pomeranz, Chris Duffy (Central Florida), Yasmani Grandal (Miami, FL), Bryce Harper (Southern Nevada) and Chris Sale (Florida Gulf Coast University).
This season, Pomeranz finished the year with a 9-2 record and held a 2.24 ERA to go along with 139 strikeouts. The junior was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first Ole Miss pitcher to claim the award since its inception in 2003.
His 139 strikeouts ranks second all-time on the single-season list and pushed him to 344 strikeouts for his career, setting a new career record for strikeouts.
The left-handed pitcher is also a finalist for the Dick Howser Award presented to the nation’s top collegiate player by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association. He has also been named a first team All-America selection by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball.