Texas infielder Ivan Melendez won the Golden Spikes Award on Friday, becoming the first Longhorn to ever receive the honor.
The accolade, which is awarded annually to the top amateur player in the country based on “athletic ability, sportsmanship, character, and overall contribution to the sport,” comes a week after Melendez received the Dick Howser Trophy. The redshirt junior compiled an impressive resume this season, leading the nation with 32 home runs, 94 RBIs, 214 total bases and an .863 slugging percentage. He helped the Longhorns to a second straight appearance at the College World Series and broke the program’s regular-season home run record during the Big 12 title game.
The “Hispanic Titanic” was a consensus All-American and was named Big 12 Player of the Year. Melendez began his collegiate career at Odessa College before joining the Longhorns for the 2021 season.
Texas is tied for the second-most Golden Spikes Award finalists all-time with 11, and Melendez joins an exclusive club of previous winners that includes Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Buster Posey.
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