Louisville pitcher on USA Baseball watch list

Louisville junior righthander Jeff Thompson was among the 60 players named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list released on Thursday by USA Baseball.

The Golden Spikes Award trophy, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country, will be awarded live on MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19.

As 11th-ranked Louisville's team-leader in wins, Thompson (Greenville, Ind./Floyd Central HS) is 7-1 overall with a 1.83 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 69.0 innings pitched this season. Six of Thompson's 11 starts have been scoreless outings and opposing batters are hitting just .181 against him. For his career, Thompson is 18-6 on the mound as a Cardinal with a 2.94 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 187.0 innings pitched.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Tuesday, May 28, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

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