Mississippi State opens the 2020 season on Friday and will do so with two players on the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.

Junior second baseman Justin Foscue and sophomore pitcher JT Ginn were both among the 55 players selected to the list that was announced on Thursday by USA Baseball.

Foscue is a consensus All-American and hit .331 last year with 22 doubles, 60 RBIs a team-best 14 home runs.

Ginn posted an 8-4 record in 17 starts last season with a 3.13 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 19 walks in 86 1/3 innings. He was named the 2019 National and SEC Freshman of the Year.

Will Clark is the only Diamond Dog to win the Golden Spikes Award in 1985. Rafael Palmeiro (1984) and Brent Rooker (2017) were both finalists for the honor and Dakota Hudson (2016) was a semifinalist.

Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman won the Golden Spikes Award last season.

A complete list of the 55-player USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list is as follows:

Name; Class; Position; School

Logan Allen; Jr.; LHP; Florida International

Patrick Bailey; Jr.; C; NC State

Ian Bedell; Jr.; RHP; Missouri

Alex Binelas; So.; IF; Louisville

Tyler Brown; Jr.; RHP; Vanderbilt

Alec Burleson; Jr.; LHP/IF; East Carolina

Tanner Burns; Jr.; RHP; Auburn

Daniel Cabrera; Jr.; OF; LSU

Burl Carraway; Jr.; LHP; Dallas Baptist

Cade Cavalli; Jr.; RHP/IF; Oklahoma

Colton Cowser; So.; OF; Sam Houston State

Jeff Criswell; Jr.; RHP; Michigan

Garrett Crochet; Jr.; LHP; Tennessee

Pete Crow-Armstrong; Sr.; OF; Harvard-Westlake High School

Adrian Del Castillo; So.; C; Miami

Trenton Denholm; Jr.; RHP; UC Irvine

Reid Detmers; Jr.; LHP; Louisville

Blake Dunn; Jr.; OF; Western Michigan

Josh Elvir; Sr.; OF; Angelo State

Justin Foscue; Jr.; IF; Mississippi State

Nick Frasso; Jr.; RHP; Loyola Marymount

JT Ginn; So.; RHP; Mississippi State

Nick Gonzales; Jr.; IF; New Mexico State

Emerson Hancock; Jr.; RHP; Georgia

Hudson Haskin; So.; OF; Tulane

Robert Hassell; Sr.; OF/1B/LHP; Independence High School

Cole Henry; So.; RHP; LSU

Bryce Jarvis; Jr.; RHP/IF; Duke

Heston Kjerstad; Jr.; OF; Arkansas

Brian Klein; Sr.; IF; Texas Tech

Asa Lacy; Jr.; LHP; Texas A&M

Chris Lanzilli; Jr.; OF; Wake Forest

Nick Loftin; Jr.; IF; Baylor

Austin Martin; Jr.; IF; Vanderbilt

Casey Martin; Jr.; IF; Arkansas

Chris McMahon; Jr.; RHP; Miami

Max Meyer; Jr.; RHP; Minnesota

Garrett Mitchell; Jr.; OF; UCLA

Carmen Mlodzinski; R-So.; RHP; South Carolina

Jordan Nwogu; Jr.; OF; Michigan

Holden Powell; Jr.; RHP; UCLA

Kumar Rocker; So.; RHP; Vanderbilt

Aaron Sabato; So.; IF; North Carolina

Casey Schmitt; Jr.; IF; San Diego State

Josh Sears; R-Fr.; INF; Freed-Hardeman

Bobby Seymour; Jr.; IF; Wake Forest

Alerick Soularie; Jr.; OF; Tennessee

Luke Summers; Jr.; RHP/OF; Fontbonne

Spencer Torkelson; Jr.; IF; Arizona State

CJ Van Eyk; Jr.; RHP; Florida State

Austin Wells; So.; C; Arizona

Cole Wilcox; So.; RHP; Georgia

Alika Williams; Jr.; IF; Arizona State

Ethan Wilson; So.; OF; South Alabama

Gage Workman; Jr.; IF; Arizona State


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