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Arizona Wildcats standout sophomore catcher Daniel Susac has been selected to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, USA Baseball announced Tuesday.
The Golden Spikes Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top amateur baseball player, is given to the athlete who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
Susac advanced to the Midseason Watch List after earning a spot on the award’s Preseason Watch List in February. He is the eighth Wildcat to earn a spot on the Midseason Watch List since its introduction to the award process in 2012.
Halfway through the Wildcats regular season, Susac is leading the Pac-12 with a .416 batting average and has tallied 27 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 30 RBIs, a .696 slugging percentage, and a .468 on-base percentage. As of games played April 4, Susac’s 52 hits rank second among all Division I players while his 13 doubles are tied for 14th nationally.
Susac, who played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer, has also earned unanimous First Team Preseason All-America recognition and a spot on the Buster Posey Award Watch List this year, among numerous other accolades and accomplishments. He is one of just four Pac-12 players to earn a spot on the Midseason Watch List.
Previous winners of the Golden Spikes Award include the likes of Kris Bryant (2013), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), Tim Lincecum (2006), former Wildcat Terry Francona (1980) and many more.
2022 Golden Spikes Award timeline:
- May 24: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, fan voting begins
- June 6: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists fan voting ends
- June 8: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, fan voting begins
- June 14: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists fan voting ends
- June 24: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation
Susac and the Wildcats face Arizona State in a midweek game on Tuesday night before returning home to host a three-game series against Washington State at Hi Corbett Field starting Friday. Tickets to all three games are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.