third-baseman Richie Shaffer (Charlotte, NC) was named one of 30 semifinalists
for the Golden Spikes Award, announced by USA Baseball on May 29. The
award goes to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Shaffer is hitting .339 with 10 homers, 19 doubles, two triples, 46 RBIs, 58 walks, a .479 on-base percentage, and eight steals. He either leads or is tied for the team lead in batting average, hits, doubles, homers, slugging percentage, walks, and on-base percentage.
Beginning today, fans will also be able to vote on the 2012 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.