Justin Parr Named Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award
May 28, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Senior Justin Parr was named a semifinalist for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award, announced USA Baseball Tuesday. The Illini center fielder is one of 30 players to make the list honoring the nation's top amateur baseball player. The Chillicothe, Ill., native is the only player from the Big Ten and one of six seniors among the semifinalists.
Parr - who also is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to college baseball's top player by the NCBWA - turned in the second-longest hitting streak in the nation in 2013 with a school-record mark of 33 games. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference in average, hits, RBI, on-base percentage, total bases and fielding percentage. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and earned his first Big Ten Player of the Week (4/15) honor after hitting for the cycle against Purdue. He also made the cut as a semifinalist for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, given to college baseball's Breakout Player of the Year.
GoldenSpikesAward.com -- powered by MLB Advanced Media -- will once again be the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and biographical information for the 2013 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Tuesday, June 4.
For the third year in a row, the GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network. On Friday, July 19, the three finalists for the award will be at the live presentation, which will air during The Rundown - at 2 p.m. ET - featuring interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. The presentation will also be simulcast live on GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.
In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2013. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists. A ballot featuring the names and accomplishments of the 30 semifinalists will now be sent to a group of more than 220 voters which will select the three finalists and eventual winner. Beginning today fans will also be able to vote on the 2013 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.
2013 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists