David Price wins the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award
June 29, 2007
#1 Overall Pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft becomes the first Vanderbilt Commodore to win the Award
DURHAM, NC – As seen today on ESPNU during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball announced that David Price – a left-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt University – topped an incredibly talented field of five finalists to capture the 2007 Golden Spikes Award, amateur baseball's most prestigious honor. The presentation of the award, which will also be sponsored by Major League Baseball, will be held at a later date and time to be determined.
Price – a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee – becomes the first ever winner of the Golden Spikes Award from Vanderbilt. He was also the first two-finalist for the Award since Pat Burrell (1997 and 1998). The USA Baseball Golden Field Award – given to the Athletic Department and Head Coach of the Golden Spikes Award winner – has now gone to 24 different schools since its inception in 1978.
Price – the 2007 SEC Pitcher of the Year and SEC Athlete of the Year, started 17 games for the Commodores, going 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and a nation best 194 strikeouts in 133.1 innings. In his May 17th start against the LSU Tigers, Price struck-out 18 in 8.2 innings on the way to a 4-1 victory. The pitcher was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft, becoming the Vanderbilt University's highest drafted baseball player ever. Price is the school career record holder in multiple pitching categories including strikeouts (441).
The 2007 Golden Spikes Award winner was announced during the telecast of the 30th Annual USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award show this evening on ESPNU. The telecast, produced by Major League Baseball Productions, highlighted USA Baseball's athlete programs as well as some of the various youth baseball initiatives supported by USA Baseball and Major League Baseball. ESPNU will offer fans additional opportunities to see the show with broadcasts throughout the month of July.
"USA Baseball is extremely proud to honor David Price of Vanderbilt University with the 2007 Golden Spikes Award," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "When you look back at the history of the Golden Spikes Award, there is no question David belongs in impressive company of the players who taken home the trophy. We are very happy for Head Coach Tim Corbin and the entire Vanderbilt athletic department."
For the past 29 years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State in 1978, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner was Tim Lincecum of the University of Washington. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball stars such as Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell (‘98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), Jason Varitek ('94), and Phil Nevin ('92). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include, Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball National Team, the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under), the USA Baseball 14U National Team (14-under), and the USA Baseball Women's National Team which participate in various international competitions each year. For more information on USA Baseball please log onto www.usabaseball.com.