Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Benintendi a finalist for Golden Spikes
Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi reaches up to grab a fly out by Oral Roberts's Anthony Sequeira in the third inning of a game at the Stillwater Regional of the NCAA college baseball tournament in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
FAYETTEVILLE The Golden Spikes Award will go to a player from the Southeastern Conference.
Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi, LSU's Alex Bregman and Vanderbilt's Carson Fulmer and Dansby Swanson are the four finalists for the award, which goes to college baseball's best player. The winner will be announced June 23.
The finalists were voted on by a USA Baseball committee of more than 200 voters.
Benintendi is also a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is presented to the nation's best player by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The sophomore was named national player of the year by Collegiate Baseball last week.
All four finalists are expected to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft later this week.
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