Golden Spikes Watch List Includes Tider

Alabama sophomore shortstop Mikey White is one of 60 players named to the USA Baseball preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, which was announced on Friday by USA Baseball. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2014 for the 37th time on July 17, to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Mikey White and the Alabama Crimson Tide will open the 2014 season tonight at 6:05 p.m., when they host the Saint Louis Billikens in the first of a three-game series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Games will also be at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

White enters his sophomore season after earning Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors in 2013. As a freshman, he hit .287, after posting a team-high .350 batting average during Southeastern Conference play. White also was a second team All-SEC selection at shortstop last season.

The watch list features 60 of the nation's top amateur players, and will be a "rolling" list until May 27 -- when the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award throughout the collegiate and high school seasons.

"USA Baseball is excited to present the Golden Spikes Award for the 37th time in 2014," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's executive director/CEO. "With two former finalists on the preseason watch list, we look forward to a competitive year across all levels of amateur baseball."

Alabama has had one player earn the Golden Spikes Award, when Tide first baseman David Magadan received the award following his historic 1983 season.

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