Andrew Vaughn of the Cal Bears has won the 2018 Golden Spikes Award.
The best amateur baseball player in America is a Golden Bear.
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) June 28, 2018
Congrats to the 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner, @andrewvaughn37!
— Golden Spikes Award (@USAGoldenSpikes) June 28, 2018
From a USA Baseball press release:
Vaughn was named the 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year and earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team after a stellar sophomore season in Berkeley. He started all 54 games at first base and led the conference with a .402 batting average, good for third-best in Cal baseball history. In total, he tallied 80 hits on the season, 37 of which were for extra-bases with 14 doubles and a school-record-tying 23 home runs. Vaughn finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation with a .531 on-base percentage and set the school record with an .819 slugging percentage, tallying more home runs than strikeouts.
Just a sophomore, he was a consensus All-American in 2018 and earned First Team honors by Baseball America, D1Baseball.com, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Notable winners of the Golden Spikes Award include A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), and David Price (2007).