A pair of University of Delaware baseball players have garnered national attention as junior first baseman Jimmy Yezzo was recently named to the Golden Spikes Award Mid-Season Watch List and sophomore shortstop Brock Niggebrugge has been selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List for their exceptional play this season.
Yezzo, the Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Co-Player of the Year, has performed his way on to the Golden Spikes Award watch list by leading the country with a .444 batting average and 83 hits through 44 games. He is also in contention for the CAA Triple Crown as he sits atop the conference leader board with 12 home runs and 58 RBI.
"Jimmy is having one of those once in a lifetime years at Delaware that is not only special here but across the country,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “As far as Jimmy goes will be how far we go.”
The Golden Spikes Award, which was created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, has been given to the best amateur baseball player in country since 1978. The 60-man watch list will be reduced to 30 semifinalists on May 28 and then turn into three finalist, who will be named on June 4. The Golden Spikes Award presentation will be aired live on the MLB Network on July 19.
Niggebrugge has started all 44 games and has made 103-straight starts at shortstop for the Blue Hens. He enters the weekend fifth on the team with a .326 batting average and is tied for third with 29 RBI. He has the team’s longest hitting streak of the season, 13 games, which spanned from Mar. 23 through Apr. 13.
“I think his is the best all-around shortstop in the CAA and really has steadied the ship on the left-side of our infield,” said Sherman. “He is extremely gifted defensively, but the one thing he has really learned this year is the ability to hit within the college game.”
The College Baseball Foundation has named the nation’s most outstanding shortstop with the Brooks Wallace Award since 2004. The award will be presented on June 29 as a part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions in Lubbock, Texas.