Future Stars Series Alums Named To Golden Spikes Award Watch List

On Tuesday, USA Baseball revealed their initial watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the best amateur player in the country.

Typically given to collegiate athletes, the 55-player list this year features a record four high schoolers, including Atlanta combine standout Termarr Johnson, who is in consideration to be taken with the number one overall pick at the upcoming 2022 MLB Draft.

The Golden Spikes Award has long been an indicator of future success at the pro level; recent winners include Adley Rutschman (2019), Andrew Benintendi (2015), Kris Bryant (2013), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008)…and the list goes on.

Dylan Crews, Cam Collier and Brock Jones are also under consideration to win the honors — Collier, of course, is just 17 years old but now in junior college after electing to reclassify as a 2022 — and each have extensive experience at Future Stars Series events.

— Crews played on the stacked Scorpions team alongside a pair of future Colorado Rockies top prospects, Zac Veen and Drew Romo, at the national tournaments in 2019 down in Cypress, Texas, memorably dominating the event with two home runs that had scouts jaws dropping.

He also earned an invite to International Week as a member of the National Team, where he played alongside Veen and stroked a double off of the famed Green Monster.

Although considered to be one of the top players on the board for the 2020 MLB Draft, Crews withdrew and honored his commitment to LSU, where he’s emerged as one of the top players in the country. A sophomore who won’t be eligible to be selected in the Draft until 2023 now, Crews finished No. 1 in the SEC in total bases (163), No. 3 in batting average, No. 3 in on-base percentage (.453), No. 4 in base hits, No. 4 in runs scored, No. 5 in doubles and No. 5 in home runs and was named the National Freshman of the Year by multiple publications.

— Collier has a rich history at Future Stars Series events, homering at both the 2020 National Combine and 2021 National Combine.  He also was invited to International Week at just 15 years old for the 2020 event, and made a much more significant impact at what’s now called the Main Event a year later at Citi Field.

— Jones is a potential “lottery pick” and a surefire first rounder after a breakout sophomore season at Stanford.  We first saw Jones as a member of NorCal at the 2018 National Tournaments — where he was accurately labeled at the time as the top prospect of the event — and then later that same year at International Week, where he ended up smacking a ground-rule double off of Adam Macko, who ended up being drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Mariners the following year.

Mike Ashmore

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