OSU players on watch list for top award

CORVALLIS — Oregon State pitchers Mike Stutes and Jorge Reyes are two of 75 players named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list as announced by USA Baseball.

The Golden Spikes Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player as voted upon by professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball Team coaches, select members of the media and current USA Baseball staff.

Stutes, a senior in 2008, went 12-4 last season and is 20-6 in two seasons with Oregon State since transferring from Santa Clara prior to the 2006 season. In 2007, he amassed 129 strikeouts in 1322/3 innings, allowing just 111 hits while walking 60. He has already been named a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America second team honoree and a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason All-America third-teamer. He is also on the Wallace Award preseason watch list, which, like the Golden Spikes Award, is given annually to the top collegiate player.

Reyes, meanwhile, enters his sophomore season in less than a week and is the reigning Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series. He finished the CWS 2-0 in two appearances to finish the season 7-3 overall with a 3.10 ERA. He worked 811/3 innings last season, finishing with 64 strikeouts in 24 appearances, 11 of which were starts.

Like Stutes, Reyes has also earned national recognition before the season's first pitch, placing as a NCBWA preseason All-America third-team selection.

The 2008 baseball season opens Friday.

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