Texas pitcher Nolan Kingham pitches against Tulane at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 21, 2016. RODOLFO GONZALEZ/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas ace Nolan Kingham placed on preseason watch list for USA Baseball’s top award

Posted February 9th, 2018

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This spring, USA Baseball will be looking for junior pitcher Nolan Kingham to do something that has never been done at Texas.

On Friday, Kingham was placed on the preseason watch list for USA Baseball’s 41st Golden Spikes Award. Kingham was one of 55 preseason picks for an award given annually to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. He was joined on the watch list by TCU first baseman Luken Baker, TCU pitcher Jared Janczak, Texas Tech pitcher Steven Gingery, Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers and Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker.

USA Baseball will release its midseason watch list on April 10 and a list of semifinalists on May 21. After a field of finalists is revealed on June 6, the 2018 Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 28.

No Longhorn has ever won the Golden Spikes Award, and Taylor Jungmann was the school’s last finalist. In 2011, Jungmann was beaten by UCLA’s Trevor Bauer for the honor. The Golden Spikes Award was first handed out in 1978 to Arizona State infielder Bob Horner.

Kingham, who was placed on the Golden Spikes Award’s midseason watch list in 2016, enters this season as UT’s ace. As a sophomore, Kingham went 10-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 67 strikeouts. This preseason, the 6-3 right-hander from Las Vegas has been placed on three preseason All-American teams.

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