Kivett Named to Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List

April 10, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Ross Kivett of the K-State baseball team was named to the Golden Spikes Award 50-man midseason watch list on Thursday, USA Baseball announced. The Golden Spikes Award is the honor given to the nation's top amateur baseball player.

Kivett was one of 27 players from the award's preseason watch list, which was announced on February 14, to also be listed on the midseason watch list. Twenty-three new players joined the group to help comprise the 50-man list.

A native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Kivett is batting a team-leading .346 (44-for-127) with 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 24 RBI in 33 games this season. The senior is among the Big 12's top five in runs scored (33, 2nd), on-base percentage (.442, 4th), hits (44, T-4th), stolen bases (10, T-4th), and doubles (10, 5th). He is also among the conference's leaders in batting average (6th), walks (22, 7th), total bases (62, T-7th), RBI (24, 10th), and slugging percentage (.488, 10th).

In 203 career games at K-State, Kivett has a career .327 batting average, 251 hits, 110 RBI and 69 stolen bases. He is second in program history in stolen bases and fifth in hits.

The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 27 - when the semifinalists for the award are announced - ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award.  The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, 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 2014.  Tuesday, May 27, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on  As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. 

Last year, University of San Diego infielder, Kris Bryant, took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008).

The complete 2014 midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List follows:

Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name, new players bolded)

Brady Aiken, LHP, Senior, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS

Brian Anderson, IF, Junior, Arkansas

Brett Austin, C, Junior, NC State

Tyler Beede, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt

Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine

Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville

Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State

Austin Cousino, OF, Junior, Kentucky

J.D. Davis, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton

Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington

Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi

Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton

Erick Fedde, RHP, Junior, UNLV

Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU

Blake Fox, LHP, Sophomore, Rice

Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville

Clinton Freeman, OF, Sophomore, East Tennessee State

Jeff Gardner, OF, Senior, Louisville

Aaron Garza, RHP, Junior, Houston

Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State

Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina

Chris Haddeland, RHP, Junior, Linfield

Ian Happ, IF, Sophomore, Cincinnati

Seth Harrison, OF, Senior, Louisiana Lafayette

Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly

Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary

Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia

Ross Kivett, IF, Senior, Kansas State

Ryan McBroom, OF, Senior, West Virginia

Daniel Miles, IF, Junior, Tennessee Tech

DJ Miller, IF, Senior, Delaware State

Corey Miller, RHP, Senior, Pepperdine

Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine

Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast

Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, LSU

Mike Papi, OF, Junior, Virginia

Mark Payton, OF, Senior, Texas

Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State

A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky

Kyle Schwarber, C, Junior, Indiana

Kade Scivicque, C, Junior, LSU

Austen Smith, IF, Senior, Alabama

D.J. Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State

Ryan Thompson, RHP, Senior, Campbell

Trent Thornton, RHP, Sophomore, North Carolina

Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana

Luke Weaver, RHP, Sophomore, Florida State

Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco