Nov. 11, 1997
Florida State's J.D. Drew Wins 1997 Golden Spikes Award
USA Baseball's honor highlights Salute to Excellence Awards Program
TRENTON, NJ - USA Baseball announced that J.D. Drew, an outfielder from Florida State University, topped an incredibly talented field of nine finalists to capture the 1997 Golden Spikes Award. Six of the eight draft-eligible finalists were selected in the first round of the 1997 Major League Baseball amateur draft, including the top three picks overall. The 10th annual presentation of the award served as the featured event at USA Baseball's Salute to Excellence Awards Program tonight at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, which was sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).
"USA Baseball is extremely proud to honor J.D. Drew of Florida State University with the 1997 Golden Spikes Award," said Dan O'Brien, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "J.D.'s accomplishments certainly speak for themselves, and he is quite deserving of this recognitionafter his brilliant collegiate career."
For the past 19 years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic and exemplary sportsmanship. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball stars such as Robin Ventura, Ben McDonald and Will Clark.
In 1997, J.D. Drew capped one of the finest careers in the history of college baseball by claiming four "Player of the Year" awards, in addition to the Golden Spikes Award. Drew was one of only three players in NCAA Division I history, along with Lance Berkman (1997, Rice) and Jeff Ledbetter (1982, Florida State), to chieve a "triple-triple" (100 RBI, 100 Runs and 100 Hits) in a season. Further, he is the only player in Division I history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season.
Selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with second choice overall in the 1997 amateur draft, Drew hit .455 with 31 home runs, 100 RBI, 110 runs and 32 stolen bases this spring. He established an FSU record 34-game hit streak in which he batted .524 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI. He also set FSU season records in batting average, runs, slugging percentage (.961), walks (84) and grand slams (3). Drew was also named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Week three times. His totals for homers, runs, slugging percentage and walks established ACC seasons records. Also, Drew's total bases tally (224) tied the ACC season record.
David Johnathen Drew is the son of David and Libby Drew. The 1994 graduate of Lowndes County High School in Hahira, GA, earned All-Area and All-Region honors as a junior and senior. After high school, hew was selected in the 20th round by the San Francisco Giants in 1994.
J.D. DREW 1997 AWARDS
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1997 Golden Spikes Award Finalists
Golden Spikes Award Winners 1997 JD Drew Florida State 1996 Travis Lee San Diego State 1995 Mark Kotsay Cal State Fullerton 1994 Jason Varitek Georgia Tech 1993 Darren Dreifort Wichita State 1992 Phil Nevin Cal State Fullerton 1991 Mike Kelly Arizona State 1990 Alex Fernandez Miami Dade-South 1989 Ben McDonald Louisiana State 1988 Robin Ventura Oklahoma State 1987 Jim Abbott Michigan 1986 Mike Loynd Florida State 1985 Will Clark Mississippi State 1984 Oddibe McDowell Arizona State 1983 Dave Magadan Alabama 1982 Augie Schmidt New Orleans 1981 Mike Fuentes Florida State 1980 Terry Francona Arizona 1979 Tim Wallach Cal State Fullerton 1978 Bob Horner Arizona State