DURHAM, N.C. – Arkansas redshirt-junior right-hander Isaiah Campbell is one of 40 amateur players named by USA Baseball to the midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Wednesday. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the country for the 2019 season and will be presented on June 14 in Los Angeles.
Campbell was not named to the Golden Spikes Preseason Watch List prior to the start of the 2019 season, but after making eight starts and compiling a 6-0 record with a team-best 2.29 ERA, the Olathe, Kansas native has emerged as one of the top arms in the Southeastern Conference and the nation.
This is the third-straight year a Razorback pitcher has been named to the prestigious award’s watch list. Blaine Knight, was named to the same midseason watch list in 2017 and 2018 and finished his Arkansas career with 24 wins and 244 strikeouts, which rank sixth and fifth, respectively, in the Arkansas all-time records.
Just four years ago, former Razorback Andrew Benintendi won the 38th Golden Spikes Award, joining Philip Stidham as the second Razorback to ever be named a finalist for the prestigious award. Since then, Zach Jackson and Knight have made it five straight years that a Razorback has been named to at least the midseason watch list.
Campbell has, seemingly, followed in the footsteps of top Arkansas arms and become one of the Friday night aces of the SEC. His six wins ties for the most in the league and his 5.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio is seventh in the conference. He’s the only pitcher in the SEC with three victories, a 1.80 or lower ERA and 25 or more strikeouts in conference games.
In his last six starts, Campbell has worked six or more innings and allowed three or less runs. In three of those six outings, he has struck out 10 or more with a career-high of 13 coming against Stony Brook on March 1.
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
Campbell and the Razorbacks go back on the road for the weekend as it travels to sixth-ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. The Commodores will be the Razorbacks’ fourth ranked opponent of the year and third on the road. The series begins on Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through Sunday.
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