Alex Bregman named finalist for Golden Spikes

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman is one of four finalists for college baseball's most prestigious award, all four coming from the SEC.

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman is one of four finalists announced Tuesday by USA Baseball for the Golden Spikes Award, handed out annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player.

Bregman joins three other finalists — all from the SEC — Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas), Dansby Swanson (Vanderbilt) and Carson Fulmer (Vanderbilt). The winner of the award will be announced June 23.

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Bregman has started all 61 games for LSU this season with a .318 batting average and a .548 slugging percentage that ranks him second on the team. His 47 RBI are good for third and his nine home runs are tied for second. He's also scored a team-best 55 runs this season while fielding at a .976 clip.

Bregman ranks eighth nationally with 37 stolen bases. He's only the third player in LSU history to steal at least 35 in a season. He trails Rob Hartwig, whole stole 42 bags in 1987, for the single-season record.

Bregman will be a first-round pick in next week's MLB Draft, likely to go in the Top 10.

Ben McDonald (1989) is the only LSU player to ever win the Golden Spikes Award. The Tigers have had 10 finalists (including Bregman) in their history, with Aaron Nola in 2014 the most recent before Bregman.

All four Golden Spikes Award finalists have reached the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. Bregman will lead LSU against Louisiana-Lafayette starting Saturday at 7 p.m.

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