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Weeks wins Golden Spikes Award

July 16, 2003 at 3:44 AM   |   Comments

TUCSON, July 16 (UPI) -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks of Southern University has been named winners of the 2003 Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Weeks, who was the second overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the June draft, is a power hitter who also has speed. He won the last two NCAA batting titles.

This past season, he hit .500 with 16 homers, 67 RBI, and 27 stolen bases in 158 at-bats.

"Growing up as a little kid, I always wanted to be considered one of the best players in the country," Weeks said. "So, I'm very elated to win the USA Golden Spikes Award. It's the Heisman Trophy of baseball."

Past winners include Robin Ventura of the New York Yankees, Jason Varitek of Boston, Phil Nevin of San Diego, and Mark Prior of the Chicago Cubs.

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