FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fans can vote for FGCU ace Chris Sale, a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award honoring the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Sale turned in one of the best pitching seasons in FGCU and Atlantic Sun Conference history.
Beginning Tuesday, fans will be able to vote on the 2010 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 18.
Fans can continue to stay up to date on the award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for 2010 finalists.
Sale, who was selected 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, finished his junior campaign with an 11-0 record, two saves and a 2.01 ERA in 17 appearances. He racked up a nation's-best 146 strikeouts with just 14 walks for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.4-to-1 for the year. The Lakeland, Fla. native was named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball First-Team All-American. Sale is the first Division I National Player of the Year and also the first Division I All-American in FGCU baseball program history. He is also the first FGCU player to be named a GSA finalist.
The lefty is the Atlantic Sun's tenth first-round choice and also the highest choice for an A-Sun student-athlete since Toronto selected Kennesaw State’s Chad Jenkins with the 20th pick in 2009 draft. The A-Sun’s highest pick was Joey Hamilton (Georgia Southern), who was drafted 8th overall by the San Diego Padres in 1991.
The 2010 GSA will be awarded live at 11:30 a.m. PT (2:30 p.m. ET) on July 13 at All-Star FanFest in Anaheim as part of a production by MLB and MLBAM. Award show footage will be streamed live on the Internet exclusively at GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com. This will be the second year in a row that the live award presentation will be held immediately preceding MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig’s Town Hall Meeting at All-Star FanFest.