Black elevated to Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List
CARY, NC – Lehigh Baseball junior right-handed Mason Black continues to prove on the diamond why he’s one of the most talented players in the country. He was added to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday afternoon.
Black is one of 45 athletes across the country on the list and just one of eleven to stay on the list from the preseason that featured 55 names. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain an on-going list of athletes allowing players to consider themselves for the award before the semi-finalists are announced on June 8th.
The righty is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.98 in 2021 and continues to accelerate all Patriot League pitchers in strikeouts (61), full games (2) and wins (4). His strike total is good for 24th place in the nation, while he currently ranks 33rd in K / 9 at 13.39 and ranks 12th in full games.
Like the preseason watchlist, Black is the first Lehigh player in program history to appear on the mid-season list and only the fourth in Patriot League history, for the first time since Navy’s Noah Song in 2019.
On Tuesday June 8th, USA Baseball will announce the semi-finalists for the 2021 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semi-finalists is then sent to a voting panel composed of members of the baseball media, select baseball professionals, current U.S. baseball employees, and the past award winners, who represent a group of more than 200 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to select three players from the list of semi-finalists. On June 24th, USA Baseball will announce the finalists and voting for the winner will begin on the same day.
Fan voting will again be part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2021. Starting with the announcement of the semi-finalist and until the end of the voting period for the finalist round, fans from all over the country can vote for Mason on GoldenSpikesAward.com.
The winner of the 43rd Golden Spikes Award will be named in July.
Black’s next outing is crucial on Saturday against Army West Point as the team kicks off a four-game streak in the battle for first place in the Patriot League.
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2021 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List
Name, position, school, conference
Luke Albright; RHP; Kent State; MAC
Spencer Arrighetti; RHP; Louisiana; Sun belt
Sam Bachman; RHP; Miami (OH); Central American
Drew Baker; UTL; Texas Tech; Big 12
Will Bednar; RHP; Mississippi State; Southeast
Jacob Berry; INF; Arizona; Pac-12
Mason Black; RHP; Lehigh; patriot
Burn boissiere; INF; Arizona; Pac-12
Rodney Boone; RHP; UC Santa Barbara; Great west
Justin Campbell; RHP / 1B; Oklahoma State; Big 12
Wes Clarke; 1B; South Carolina; Southeast
Dylan Crews; OF; LSU; Southeast
Henry Davis; C; Louisville; Atlantic coast
Adrian Del Castillo; C; Miami; Atlantic coast
Jaden fine; OF; San Diego State; Mountain west
Sal frelick; OF; Boston College; Atlantic coast
Colton Gordon; LHP; UCF; American
Caden Grice; 1B; Clemson; Atlantic coast
Geremy Guerrero; LHP; Indiana State; Missouri Valley
Steve Hajjar; LHP; Michigan; Big 10
Dominic Hamel; RHP; Dallas Baptist; Missouri Valley
Tyler Hardman; INF; Oklahoma; Big 12
Brady House; SS; Winder-Barrow
Jace Jung; INF; Texas Tech; Big 12
Niko Kavadas; INF; Notre Dame; Atlantic coast
Dominic Keegan; UTL; Vanderbilt; Southeast
Austin Knight; INF; Charlotte; C-USA
Jordan Lawlar; SS; Dallas Jesuit
Brooks Lee; SS; Cal poly; Great west
Jack Head; RHP; Vanderbilt; Southeast
Tommy Mace; RHP; Florida; Southeast
Ty Madden; RHP; Texas; Big 12
Jordan Marks; RHP; USC Upstate; Great South
Parker Messick; LHP; Florida State; Atlantic coast
Matt Mikulski; LHP; Fordham; Atlantic 10
Connor Norby; INF; ECU; American
Kevin Parada; C; Georgia Tech; Atlantic coast
Zack Raabe; 2 B; Minnesota; Big 10
Kumar rocker; RHP; Vanderbilt; Southeast
Landon Sims; RHP; Mississippi State; Southeast
Nick Sinacola; RHP; Maine; America East
Liam Spence; INF; Tennessee; Southeast
Andrew Taylor; RHP; Central Michigan; MAC
Luis Vargas; OF; Wayland Baptist; Formerly athletic
Kenyon Yovan; INF; Oregon; Pac-12