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UCLA's Trevor Bauer wins amateur baseball's top honor

Trevor-bauer_200 Pitcher Trevor Bauer of UCLA has been selected the winner of the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in America, the U.S. Baseball Federation announced Friday.

The right-hander became the first Bruin to win the honor by leading UCLA to the NCAA tournament with a 13-2 record, a 1.25 earned-run average and nine complete games. Bauer (picture at left) led Division I pitchers with a Pacific 10 Conference record of 203 strikeouts. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Bauer third overall in the amateur draft last month.

Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen, the second pick in the draft by the Seattle Mariners, and Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann, the 12th selection by the Milwaukee Brewers, were the other finalists. It was the first time in the 34-year history of the award that all three finalists were pitchers.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo credit: Nati Harnik

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