Alabama’s Kent Matthes, as expected, fell short of winning the Golden Spikes Award. San Diego State superstar Stephen Strasburg just picked up the award live online in St. Louis.
Alabama’s Kent Matthes is one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy of college baseball, the Golden Spikes Award. It will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Louis as part of the MLB All-Star festivities, but Matthes faces long odds.
Sure he led college baseball with his 28 home runs and he had a deadly arm in right field. But he would have to beat out the pitcher considered one of the best to ever play the college game.
If this were the 1984 presidential election, Stephen Strasburg is Ronald Raegan and everyone else is Walter Mondale.
To learn more about the Golden Spikes Award, check out this interesting story in the Wall Street Journal.
It came a little later than expected, but Alabama’s Kent Matthes was drafted by Colorado with the 121st pick in the fourth round of the MLB draft.
No news on any of the other locals.
Less hyped than its football and basketball equals, the Major League Baseball Draft takes place Tuesday and continues into Wednesday and Thursday. It will be a big two-days for Alabama with several fringe prospects possibly taking the plunge.
Of course, Kent Matthes is the top prospect after his explosion of the senior year. His eligibility is exhausted so there isn’t too much intrigue there. But will junior Del Howell go early enough to bolt for the minors? There are always a few prospective freshmen who could be lured by the bus leagues.
Locally, Hartselle’s Mr. Baseball Luke Bole saw his stock rise and will almost certainly be selected. Just how soon and how much money is on the table will determine whether or not he goes to Mississippi State or chases the professional dream.
Stay tuned to the blog for all the latest MLB draft news.
Alabama’s now former slugging right fielder Kent Matthes has moved from semifinalist to finalist in the Golden Spike award running. He is one of five still in the running for the award is baseball’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
Other finalists include North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley, Arizona State pitcher Mike Leake, Kansas State pitcher A.J. Morris and San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
Smart money is on Stasburg whose pitches have clocked in at 103 mph.
In other news, Alabama catcher Vin DiFazio was named to the All-Clemson Regional team for getting hits in four of his seven at-bats with two RBI.
Kent Matthes headlined the three Alabama ballplayers who landed on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger All-American teams. The slugging right fielder was named to the 17-member first-team.
Teammates Austin Hyatt and Jake Smith both made the third team.
If you need Matthes‘ credentials repeated, you probably don’t read this blog very often. He is the national co-leader with 28 home runs (a school single-season record) and was named the Southeastern Conference player of the year.
Smith will not get to show why he is an All-American this week in the NCAA Regional thanks to his left-leg injury suffered at the SEC Tournament. A team spokesman said he did not travel with the team to Clemson but will be attending the games. When healthy, he was an SEC All-Defensive team member by making just five errors in 112 chances at third base.
Hyatt is the ace of the pitching staff with an 8-2 record and a 3.14 ERA in 14 starts.
Now that the holiday weekend is history, here are a few tidbits from the universe surrounding Alabama athletics.
- Tide baseball right fielder Kent Matthes was names a semifinalist for the coveted Golden Spikes award (the Heisman Trophy for college baseball).
The unanimous SEC player of the year hit .365 with a 28 home runs and 81 RBI. He led the SEC in home runs, RBI, total bases (174) and slugging percentage (.883). He was also third in runs scored (65) and sixth in hitting this season.
Speaking of baseball, every game from the Clemson Regional in which the Tide is participating, will be televised live on CSS.
- Decatur High graduate and former Tide basketball player Rico Pickett will have a new teammate at Manhattan College who is making news. Click here for a story about Kevin Laue who hoops with just one hand.
Check out this story about Alabama softball pitcher Kelsi Dunne.
Still no news on the textbook scandal ruling from the NCAA although a decision could come any day now. Stay tuned.
It is nearly 9 p.m. and still no posts. I should be ashamed, but I still have a faulty internet connection and a morning on the golf course to blame. Either way, there is a bit of Alabama baseball news to report.
Tide outfielder Kent Matthes was named SEC baseball player of the year by a unanimous vote of the league’s 12 coaches. He is only the second to get the consensus nod and the first Alabama player to ever receive the 16-year-old honor.
Matthes slugged his way to the award as the national co-leader has belted 27 home runs (15 of which have tied or given Alabama the lead). The 27 also tied a school record.
His 23 career outfield assists gave him the school’s career record outright.
Not a bad season, but I’m sure he’d like an SEC Tournament title even more (what a transition).
Speaking of the SEC Tournament, it begins Wednesday. Come on back to the Bama Blog for live coverage from the park once known as the Hoover Met. The Tide plays South Carolina at 8:30 p.m.