The names are now familiar to Major League Baseball fans -- J.D. Drew, Phil Nevin, Pat Burrell, Jason Varitek, Khalil Greene, Jason Jennings and Mark Prior.But before they made their mark in the Majors, all these big leaguers were winners of the Golden Spikes Award, the prize given annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player. The latest player to have his name added to the list of winners will be revealed Friday at 1 p.m. ET by USA Baseball during a telecast on ESPNU, the new 24-hour college sports network. The Major League Baseball Players Association is the title sponsor for the Golden Spikes Award and provides financial support for USA Baseball national teams and corresponding development events.
Dean Golembeski is a freelance writer based in Connecticut.
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