West York High School graduate Brett Kinneman is among 40 finalists for the top award in all of college baseball.
The current North Carolina State outfielder was recently named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. The Golden Spikes Award goes to the top amateur player in the nation.
The watch list features 40 of the nation's top players from the college ranks.
Through 35 games this season, Kinneman is batting .324 and leads the Wolfpack with 45 RBIs and 13 home runs. His RBI and homer totals have him tied for fifth in the nation. He also is second best on the team with nine doubles and 47 hits.
Kinneman was praised in a recent article on BaseballAmerica.com titled: "Five College Hitters Rising On Draft Board." The article stated the following:
“Kinneman profiles best as a corner outfielder and has been playing left field for the Wolfpack, which limits his overall upside and places the onus on his bat. A proven hitter in a Power-5 conference (the Atlantic Coach Conference), Kinneman was likely already on most teams’ boards as a Day 2 pick (in the major league draft), but his power surge has him soaring.
"As it stands, Kinneman could go in the third round or higher (of the draft), depending on his next two months of play and whether evaluators are sold on his power playing at the next level. If he maintains consistency and limits his swing-and-miss, his stock could continue to rise.”
USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award on May 21. Next, a voting body will be assembled consisting of baseball media members, select pro baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the 40 previous winners of the award. Voters will be asked to choose three players from the semifinalists.
Then, on June 6, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin that same day. Fan voting will again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award. Beginning with the semifinalist announcement and continuing through the finalist-round voting deadline, fans can make their choice on GoldenSpikesAward.com.
The winner will be named on Thursday, June 28, at a presentation in Los Angeles.
Previous winners of the award include Kris Bryant (2013), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), and David Price (2007).
York's Clauter, Hirn honored: York College women’s lacrosse defender Nicole Clauter was recently named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
She helped the Spartans, ranked seventh in the nation in NCAA Division III, to a big week recently. She started the stretch with a school-record 14 draw controls and four ground balls in the Spartans' road win at St. Mary's. She also caused a pair of Seahawk turnovers. Clauter followed that effort by posting 13 draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers in a win over Christopher Newport.
For the week, Clauter totaled 27 draw controls, nine ground balls and five caused turnovers.
York softball senior catcher Haley Hirn was named the CAC Co-Offensive Softball Player of the Week. Hirn helped the Spartans pick up three CAC wins, splitting a doubleheader with Christopher Newport and sweeping Mary Washington.
Hirn hit .652 for the week, going 15 for 23 with eight runs scored, five RBIs, four doubles, two homers and 25 total bases. The stretch also included Hirn’s 100th career hit in a Spartans uniform.