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Kris Bryant wins Golden Spikes Award

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Your 2013 Golden Spikes Award winner, Kris Bryant.
Your 2013 Golden Spikes Award winner, Kris Bryant. (Sean M. Haffey, U-T San Diego)

Cubs first-round draft pick Kris Bryant has won the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Friday. The award is given annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country.

Bryant starred for the University of San Diego this past season, hitting .329/.493/.820 with 31 homers, 62 RBI and 80 runs. He led the nation in home runs, runs, walks, total bases and slugging percentage and was a consensus first-team All American.

According to the press release, Bryant is the first infielder to win the Golden Spikes Award since Nebraska's Alex Gordon -- then a third baseman -- won the award in 2005. Not only is Bryant the first San Diego player to ever win the award, but he's also the first player in the history of the West Coast Conference to take home the honors.

Bryant can add this award to his ever-expanding trophy case, as he also won the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year, the Baseball America Player of the Year and the Dick Howser Trophy.

Bryant is now no longer an amateur player, as he signed a deal for approximately $6.7 million with the Cubs after being taken second overall in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Bryant, 21, has yet to play his first professional game, but he'll join Class-A Short Season Boise in the coming weeks.

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