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Michigan's Carmen Benedetti Named to Golden Spikes Watchlist

Wolverines junior makes watchlist for the top award in college baseball.

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With the Michigan Wolverines baseball team picked to finish first in the Big Ten by the league's coaches, it's no surprise the squad is loaded with talent.

Junior Carmen Benedetti has already been named to multiple preseason All-America teams, and now finds himself on the watchlist for the Golden Spikes award.

USA Baseball released the 50-person list Tuesday for the award, which is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country. The award will be presented June 30 in Los Angeles.

In 2015, Benedetti recorded 25 doubles 71 RBIs with a .352 batting average, and was named to the All-Big Ten first team. Benedetti had 82 hits, scored 37 runs with two triples and five home runs. At one point he reached base in 29 straight games. As a pitcher, Benedetti recorded a 1.84 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.

The last Michigan player to win the award was pitcher Jim Abbott in 1987.