After a long regular season, and with postseason play under way, five collegiate standouts have been selected as finalists for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award, moving one of them a step closer to being named the nation's best amateur baseball player.Established in 1978 by USA Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award is the most prestigious award in amateur baseball. To be considered for the award, a player must exhibit exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The five finalists named Wednesday by USA Baseball are clearly among the most dominating players in all of collegiate baseball. All five players are also junior classmen, making them eligible for the upcoming Major League Baseball player entry draft in June. The five are:
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