Jake Fishman ’17 was recently named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 60-player midseason watch list. The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States.
“We are excited to announce the 60 players on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO at USA Baseball. “These athletes have proven themselves worthy of consideration for this prestigious award through the eyes of the advisory board and from the overwhelming fan support through our first-ever nomination process, added Seiler.
Fishman is one of only two non-NCAA Division I athletes on this year’s list, California prep star Blake Rutherford being the other.
“This nomination means the world to me,” Fishman said. “To be put in the same class as some of the greatest current baseball players in the country has me overjoyed,” added Fishman
“Jake is an outstanding young man who represents Union College exceptionally well in the classroom and community as well as on the diamond,” said head coach Paul Mound. “This is a testament to his remarkable accomplishments. To be considered among the top 60 players from among the thousands of players in the high school, community college and NCAA level is amazing, and we could not be more proud of his efforts and this recognition,” concluded Mound.
Fishman has been outstanding both on the mound and at the dish for the Dutchmen this season, leading all of Division III in ERA (0.32) and strikeouts per nine (14.79), while sporting a team-leading .426 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on June 1, and ESPN will serve as the programming sponsor for the presentation of the winner on June 30 in Los Angeles, California.
1990 winner Alex Fernandez of Miami-Dade Community College is the only player from a non-NCAA Division I program to ever win the award.
Fishman went the distance to earn his fourth win on the mound in game one of a doubleheader against St. Lawrence on April 23, as the Dutchmen defeated the Saints 9-2.
Jake Vesling ’18 led the offense going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Kent Curran ’17 added three hits, an RBI and a run scored.
The Dutchmen held a 3-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth and seventh where they added three runs each, putting the game out of reach.
In game two, the Saints exacted revenge by defeating the Dutchmen 6-0. St. Lawrence freshman Emmett Dunn tossed a two-hit complete-game shutout, striking out five but surrendering six walks. The Dutchmen were held hitless until the top of the ninth inning.
Anthony Butler and Michael LeFevre each homered for the Saints in the win.The split moved Union’s record to 15-9 overall, 10-4 in conference, good for first place in the Liberty League.