DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina juniors Kent Emanuel and Colin Moran were named to the initial Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Thursday, as announced by USA Baseball.
The watch list features 50 of the nation's top amateur players, and it will be a "rolling" list to ensure that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live at MLB Network's studios for the third year in a row, with a presentation scheduled for July 19.
Moran paced the Tar Heels at the plate a year ago with a .365 average after earning All-America honors as a freshman in 2011. Emanuel boasts 17 wins during his first two years on campus and earned All-America honors as a sophomore.
Following the release of a second, 60-player watch list on Tuesday, May 2, USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Tuesday, May 28 marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
Moran and Emanuel along with the Tar Heels open the season Friday, Feb. 15 when they host Seton Hall in a three-game series that is set to begin at 3 p.m.