Auburn junior right-hander Casey Mize and Florida junior right-hander Brady Singer have been named finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Wednesday. Kody Clemens (Texas) and Andrew Vaughn (California) are the other two finalists.
From Wednesday, June 6, through Friday, June 22, the voting body will cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Selections made by the voting body will carry a 95 percent weight of each athlete's total, while fan votes will account for the remaining five percent. The Golden Spikes Award is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and will be announced on Thursday, June 28 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mize, who was taken first in this week's MLB draft by Detroit, is the fourth Auburn player to be named a Golden Spikes Award finalist - Gregg Olson (1988), John Powell (1993-94) and Tim Hudson (1997).
In 16 starts this season, Mize has posted a 10-5 record and a 2.95 ERA and recently became just the second two-time All-American in program history. His 151 strikeouts not only lead the SEC and rank second in the country, but are also tied for the third most in a single-season in program history. Dating back to the beginning of last season, the Springville, Ala., native has struck out 260 batters and issued only 21 walks.
Along with his strikeout total, Mize also leads the SEC in strikeout-to-walk ratio (12.58), strikeouts per nine innings (12.39) and WHIP (0.81). His strikeout-to-walk ratio and WHIP are good for second and third in the country, respectively.
Mize has turned in a quality start in 10 of his 16 trips to the mound and has gone the distance in three games this season. He took the mound on Mar. 9 vs. Northeastern and turned in the ninth no-hitter in program history while totaling 13 strikeouts without issuing a walk. The 13-strikeout performance against the Huskies was one of six outings with 10 or more strikeouts this season, including a record-matching 15 strikeouts vs. Vanderbilt on May 4. Mize joined former Auburn pitchers Mark Chapman, John Powell, Tim Hudson and Chris Bootcheck in the 15-strikeout club and was the first SEC pitcher to accomplish the feat in a conference game since 2012.
Mize ranks fourth in program history with 319 career strikeouts and needs nine more punchouts to move into sole possession of third.
Singer, who was recently drafted by Kansas City Royals 18th overall, becomes the fifth Gator player to be named as a finalist for the award and third under head coach Kevin O'Sullivan. He would be the second player in program history to taken home the Golden Spikes Award joining Mike Zunino who won it in 2012.
During the 2018 season, the UF junior has been named the SEC Player of the Year, Baseball America's National Player of the Year and a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Foundation. Baseball America also named Singer a First Team All-American. His 10 SEC wins led the conference in the regular season and helped him earn First Team All-SEC honors. Other career awards included 2017 All-SEC Second Team, College World Series All-Tournament Team and Academic All-SEC. His junior year has been one to remember with a 11-1 record in 14 starts and a career best ERA of 2.27. In 95 innings pitched he has allowed just 24 earned runs on 64 hits with 19 walks. He has struck out 98 batters on the year and has a batting average against of .188.
His career numbers to date are equally as impressive with a career record of 21-8, ERA of 3.18 and 265 career strikeouts in 264.2 innings pitched. His 265 career strikeouts ranks seventh all-time at Florida.
The Gators and Tigers face off in the Gainesville Super Regional this weekend, with Game 1 airing on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 9.