By Daniel Berk / UA Sports
University of Arizona’s JJ Matijevic was named to the 40-player Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list released last week by USA Baseball.
The Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur baseball player in the country in a presentation on Thursday, June 29, in Los Angeles. Semifinalists for the award will be announced by USA Baseball on May 31. Fans will then be able to vote for their favorite semifinalists from May 31-June 9. The finalists will be announced June 14, and fans can vote again for finalists from June 14-23.
Matijevic, who leads the Pac-12 in batting with a .410 average, and is tops in the nation with 20 doubles, is having a banner season for the Wildcats, and was just named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday. The North Huntingdon, Pa., native currently leads the Pac-12 in batting average, slugging percentage (.694), hits (55), RBI (39), doubles (20) and total bases (93).
With 50 career doubles, Matijevic is two doubles away from entering the top 10 all-time at Arizona. Matijevic has been brilliant for the Wildcats all season, but has turned it on even more over the last 10 games. In his last 10, Matijevic is 20 for 43 (.465) with seven doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI. The junior first baseman is also the team’s leading hitter in conference games at a .377 clip.
Matijevic is one of five Pac-12 players on the midseason watch list, joining Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal and Luke Heimlich, Oregon’s David Peterson and UCLA’s Griffin Canning. Matijevic and Madrigal are the only two Pac-12 position players on the watch list.
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