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Jered Weaver wins 2004 Golden Spikes Award
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DURHAM, N.C. –- Jered Weaver, a lanky right-hander who proved nearly untouchable for collegiate hitters over three seasons at Long Beach State, won the 2004 Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball.
Weaver, the younger brother of Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver, was 15-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 213 strikeouts over 144 innings to lead Long Beach State to a No. 13 ranking in Baseball America’s final collegiate poll this season. He was just the 14th Division I player to strike out more than 200 batters in a season.
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound right-hander finished his collegiate career with a dominating 37-8 record and 2.43 ERA and 431 strikeouts over 370 innings.
Weaver was drafted 12th overall by the Anaheim Angels in Major League Baseball’s draft and would have been selected higher had some teams not backed off thinking it would be too costly for them to sign him. His agent, Scott Boras, called him “Major-League ready.”
Weaver established a new Team USA record in the summer of 2003 by pitching 45 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, giving up his only two runs in the Gold medal game against Cuba. He also set a Team USA record with his 0.38 ERA.
The other finalists for the award were two-way standout Stephen Head of Mississippi, Arizona State shortstop Dustin Pedroia, Texas closer Huston Street and Rice pitcher Wade Townsend.
The MLBPA sponsors the Golden Spikes Award as a way to underscore the players' commitment to growing the game at the amateur level.
|Jered Weaver won the 2004 Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player. (Big West Conference)
Previous Golden Spikes Award winners:
|2004||Jered Weaver, Long Beach State|
|2003||Rickie Weeks, Southern University|
|2002||Khalil Greene, Clemson|
|2001||Mark Prior, USC|
|2000||Kip Bouknight, S. Carolina|
|1999||Jason Jennings, Baylor|
|1998||Pat Burrell, Miami|
|1997||J.D. Drew, Florida State|
|1996||Travis Lee, San Diego St.|
|1995||Mark Kotsay, Cal St. Fullerton|
|1994||Jason Varitek, Ga. Tech|
|1993||Darren Dreifort, Wichita State|
|1992||Phil Nevin, Cal St. Fullerton|
|1991||Mike Kelly, Arizona State|
|1990||Alex Fernandez, Dade South|
|1989||Ben McDonald, LSU|
|1998||Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State|
|1987||Jim Abbott, Michigan|
|1986||Mike Loynd, Florida State|
|1985||Will Clark, Mississippi State|
|1984||Oddibe McDowell, Arizona State|
|1983||Dave Magadan, Alabama|
|1982||Augie Schmidt, UNO|
|1981||Mike Fuentes, Florida State|
|1980||Terry Francona, Arizona|
|1979||Tim Wallach, Cal St. Fullerton|
|1978||Bob Horner, Arizona State|