COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M third baseman Boomer White was one of 25 players named Golden Spikes Award semifinalists Wednesday afternoon by USA Baseball.
White is batting .395 on the year with 44 runs, 18 doubles, four home runs, 42 RBI and 10 stolen bases. The junior third baseman set the SEC record for most hits in league play with his 57 knocks in 30 games. He topped the old record of 54 set by Tennessee’s Chris Burke in 2001 and equaled by Alabama’s Josh Rutledge in 2008 and LSU’s Micah Gibbs in 2010.
In league action, White led the SEC in batting average (.467), on-base percentage (.524) and slugging percentage (.648). He also ranked second in doubles (13) and RBI (28).
Last week, White became the first Aggie to earn SEC Player of the Year recognition.
White looks to add to a packed trophy case. In addition to this year’s SEC Player of the Year award, he earned All-Midwest Region Second Team recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association and All-Big 12 First Team distinction as a sophomore at TCU in 2014. He was also named Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 NCAA Fort Worth Regional that year.
2016 marks the 39th consecutive year the Golden Spikes Award has been awarded to the top amateur baseball player in the United States. GoldenSpikesAward.com – powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) – is once again the online home of the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and biographical information for the 2016 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 25 players is narrowed to a group of finalists on Wednesday, June 13.
Fan voting will once again be part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2016. This announcement officially marks the opening of voting for amateur baseball fans from across the country on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of the selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. Voting will be open until Wednesday, June 8.
The 2016 Golden Spikes Award winner will be named on Thursday, June 30, at a presentation in Los Angeles. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.