Canning Tabbed to Golden Spikes Midseason List
The junior pitcher is among the top-40 amateur players named to the preseason list.
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA right-handed pitcher Griffin Canning has been named as one of 40 players to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Wednesday, moving closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country, announced USA Baseball.
The midseason watch list features 40 of the nation's top amateur players from the college ranks. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on May 31.
Canning, a junior from Coto de Caza, Calif., is 2-2 on the season with a 3.25 ERA in nine starts. He ranks 18th in the NCAA in strikeouts with 66 and 50th in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.28. He is also top-10 in the Pac-12 conference in strikeouts, opposing batting average and innings pitched. Canning has twice tied his career-high with 12 strikeouts this season and earlier this year became the 22nd pitcher in UCLA program history to surpass 200 strikeouts, currently ranking 16th on the program's career strikeout list.
Canning was named a Top 100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 16), Perfect Game (No. 28), D1Baseball (No. 31) and MLB.com (No. 39). He was also tabbed as the No. 7 starting pitched on D1Baseball's midseason positional rankings. Canning is one of five players from the Pac-12 on the midseason watch list.
The 40th Golden Spikes Award will be presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation on June 29 in Los Angeles. USA Baseball has partnered with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation to host the Golden Spikes Award since 2013. The Foundation was formed to honor legendary USC and USA Baseball Olympic team coach, Rod Dedeaux, and supports youth baseball and softball programs in underserved communities throughout Southern California.
UCLA alum Trevor Bauer (2008-11) won the award in 2011 after posting a 13-2 record with a 1.25 ERA. Bauer recorded 203 strikeouts compared to just 36 walks in 136.2 innings pitched.
On Wednesday, May 31, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2017 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media that follow amateur baseball closely, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 39 previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters.
Amateur baseball fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com from May 31-June 9. On Wednesday, June 14, USA Baseball will announce the finalists for the award, and fan voting will once again commence that same day. Fan voting for the finalists will end on Friday, June 23.
For the complete midseason watch list, visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.