Established in 1995, the Golden Spikes award is handed out every year to college baseball’s “MVP,” akin to college football’s Heisman Trophy. Such winners in the past include Kris Bryant, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, and Trevor Bauer.
After being named a preseason All-American, Abbott has not disappointed as the ace of UVA’s staff in 2021. He was named First Team All-ACC and amassed a 2.82 ERA, a .220 batting average against, and struck out 144 batters in just 95.2 innings.
Though a Virginia player has yet to win the award, they do have a history with it as three former players have been named finalists (final three): Adam Haseley in 2017, Danny Hultzen in 2011, and Seth Greisinger in 1996.
Abbott will continue his 2021 season this weekend in the Columbia Super Regional as the Cavaliers will play Dallas Baptist in a best of three series with a trip to the College World Series on the line.