Texas A&M junior pitcher John Doxakis was one of 55 players named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, USA Baseball announced Thursday.
The preseason watch list begins the process of identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country for the 2019 season. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation on June 14.
Doxakis recently earned spots on the D1Baseball.com All-America Second Team and the All-SEC Second Team.
In 2018, Doxakis posted an 8-5 record with a 2.70 ERA, .212 opponent batting average while striking out 92 in his 93.1 innings of work.
The Houston native shined in the postseason, notching a 2-0 record, 0.68 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 13.1 innings in his two starts. At the SEC Tournament, Doxakis outpitched Auburn’s Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, by yielding just one run on two hits while striking out 10 in 7.1 innings. In regional play, he worked 6.0 innings against Indiana, allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out 12.
The Maroon and White commence the 2019 season on February 15-17 when they host the Fordham Rams in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.