A week after he was introduced at Wrigley Field, Cubs first-rounder Kris Bryant was named the winner of the 2013 Golden Spikes Award.
Congratulations to Kris Bryant of the University of San Diego on winning the 2013 Golden Spikes Award. pic.twitter.com/PMGkLp71o7— Golden Spikes Award (@USAGoldenSpikes) July 19, 2013
The accolade is given to the top amateur player in the country and it's hard to argue against Bryant in that case.
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In 62 games, the 6-foot-5 slugger hit .329/.493/.820 and led the nation with 31 homers, 66 walks and 80 runs to go with 62 RBI and seven steals. He had more home runs than over 200 Division-I programs.
Mark Prior won the Golden Spikes Award in 2001, right after the Cubs had taken him with the No. 2 overall pick.
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Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, David Price, Tim Lincecum, Alex Gordon and Jered Weaver are among the award winners in the last decade, which certainly bodes well for Bryant given their big-league track records.
Bryant tweeted a response to the accolade Friday afternoon:
My summer keeps getting better and better! It is a tremendous honor to win this award! pic.twitter.com/SLP3Cou2ON— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) July 19, 2013