DURHAM, N.C. — WKU Baseball right fielder Jake Sanford’s performance for the
Hilltoppers continues to put his name among the best in the country. The Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia, native was 1-of-40 amateur players named to the 2019 Golden Spikes
Award Midseason Watch List, USA Baseball announced on Wednesday afternoon.
He becomes the third WKU player in program history to earn this specific
distinction, following third baseman Danny Hudzina in 2016 and catcher Matt Rice in
Sanford boasts a .395/.472/.871 slash line through his first 31 games with 49 hits —
including 27 of the extra-base variety — 38 runs scored and 46 driven in. He has
added 18 walks and two stolen bases, while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding
percentage on 72 put-outs and three outfield assists, playing every inning for WKU
in right field.
In terms of Division I ranks, Sanford’s 15 homeruns rank third, 46 runs batted in
are sixth, 38 runs scored are 23rd, 49 hits are 28th and .395 batting average ranks
45th, while his 108 total bases and .871 slugging percentage both stand third
On April 3, Sanford was listed as a Perfect Game Midseason First Team
any kind since 2016, when third baseman Danny Hudzina was named a Third Team ABCA
member at the conclusion of the season. He was the first Canadian Perfect Game
Midseason All-American since Pittsburgh shortstop Charles Leblanc (Laval, Quebec)
was a Second-Teamer in 2016.
On March 25 and April 1, Sanford was named only the third back-to-back Conference
USA Hitter of the Week — and first since 2006 — in league
history, which dates back to 1996. On April 2, he was honored by Perfect
Game as the National Player of the Week and the National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as the National
Hitter of the Week. In addition, Collegiate Baseball
Newspaper listed Sanford as 1-of-7 Players of the Week, while College Sports
Madness tabbed him as the National Player of the Week on April 1.
In D1 Baseball’s Week 6 Power Rankings (published on March 28) Sanford jumped
from unranked to No. 46 among the nation’s outfielders.
Along with Arizona State’s Hunter Bishop, Vanderbilt’s J.J. Bleday and Mississippi
State’s Jake Mangum, Sanford is only 1-of-4 outfielders to make the Watch List. He
also joins FIU lefty Logan Allen and Rice righty Matt Canterino as 1-of-3 Conference
USA players among the honorees.
USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award on May
15. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of
baseball media members, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball
staff and 40 of the previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than
200 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose
three players from the list of semifinalists.
The finalists will be announced on May 29, and voting for the winner will begin that
same day. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award recipient will be named on Friday, June 14.