Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reported Tuesday that the Washington Nationals first overall draft pick, Bryce Harper, was named the 2010 Golden Spikes Award Winner, an award given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Harper hit .443 with 31 home runs and 98 RBI in 228 at-bats as a 17-year-old freshman for the College of Southern Nevada this season. His impressive power, as well as his 1.513 OPS made him a lock for the award in which he trumped the competition by receiving 28 votes.
Harper became only the fourth-ever player to be selected as a Golden Spikes finalist from anything other than a division 1 collegiate program. The College of Southern Nevada is a junior college which Harper attended after testing out of high school early. The would-be high-school senior also became only the second non division 1 athlete to win the award.
It has been reported that the Nationals have yet to speak with Harper or agent Scott Boras about inking a deal to land the phenom talent, however this news comes as a surprise to few who remember the handling of Stephen Strasburg’s (another Golden Spikes Winner) contract just one year ago.
The Nationals have until August 15 to sign Harper.