Sox top draft pick wins Golden Spikes award

Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi is cheered by fans after he hit a solo home run against Arkansas in the fifth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi has won the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

USA Baseball announced the 38th winner of the award Tuesday.

Benintendi, taken by the Boston Red Sox with the No. 7 pick overall in this June’s draft, beat out Alex Bregman of Louisiana State, right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer of Vanderbilt, and shortstop Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 pick overall, of Vanderbilt for the honor.

A sophomore, Benintendi led the nation with 20 home runs and is the first Division I player since 2009 with at least 20 homers and 20 or more steals. He hit .376 and ranked third in the nation with a .717 slugging percentage.

Benintendi is the seventh outfielder to win the Golden Spikes Award, the first since J.D. Drew in 1997.

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