Astin & Stanek on Golden Spikes midseason watch list

FAYETTEVILLE ( – University of Arkansas junior right-handed pitchers Barrett Astin and Ryne Stanek are among 60 players included on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, released on Thursday by USA Baseball.

The 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country, will be released on May 28. The winner of the award will be announced live on MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19.

Astin was among 29 new players that were added to the list since the initial release on February 14. A native of Forrest City, Ark., Astin has seen time in both the Razorback bullpen and the starting rotation during the 2013 season. The junior has pitched in 13 games, nine of those as a starter, and has a 3-2 record with a 2.02 ERA. In 58 innings of work, Astin has given up 17 runs, 13 earned, on 52 hits and struck out 44. He currently ranks seventh in the SEC in ERA.

During his three seasons as a Razorback, Astin has pitched in 72 games, which ranks as the fifth-most appearances in school history. Astin has a career record of 11-9 with 15 saves and a 2.25 ERA. His career ERA of 2.25 currently ranks as tied for the fourth lowest in school annals.

Stanek remains on the Golden Spikes Award watch list after being included on the initial list released in February. The Overland Park, Kan., native has started 11 games this season and has a 5-2 record with a 1.60 ERA, which currently ranks as the seventh-lowest single-season ERA in school history. The junior right hander has thrown 62 innings, allowing 18 runs, 11 earned, on 46 hits, while striking out 55. He's held the opposition to a .210 batting average. Stanek ranks third in the SEC in ERA, seventh in opponent batting average and 14th in strikeouts. Stanek has been even better in conference play, compiling a 4-1 record with a 0.80 ERA in seven starts. In conference games, Stanek is second in the league in ERA and third in opponent batting average (.189).

Stanek has pitched in 43 games, 40 as a starter, during his collegiate career and has a 17-8 record with one save and a 2.80 ERA. Stanek has thrown 218.2 innings, allowing 83 runs, 68 earned, on 171 hits and striking out 179 batters.

The 14th-ranked Razorbacks are back in action this weekend, traveling to No. 23 Kentucky for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.