Nebraska Cornhuskers: Max Anderson makes cut for Golden Spikes Award

Nebraska's Max Anderson, left, works to secure a ball
Nebraska's Max Anderson, left, works to secure a ball /

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been carried by its powerful bats this season, and Max Anderson is now getting the attention he deserves because of it.

The baseball team has in fact had a couple of pretty impressive offensive players. Weirdly enough, that power is coming from its double-play combo. Baseball fans aren’t used to see a ton of power come out of the middle infield, let alone the two best power hitters on a team being the shortstop and second baseman.

The Huskers are definitely setting conventional wisdom on its ear with power from that combo, and on any given day, either Max Anderson or Brice Matthews is slugging another homer against Nebraska baseball opponents.

That’s impressive enough that Max Anderson has officially made the cut down to 25 players for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. This award honors the best overall player in the nation and it’s hard not to see the NU second baseman making a claim that he deserves it over all comers. Perhaps especially because he and his double-play teammate stand out as the obvious best players on the team.

Despite Anderson dominating pitching all season to the tune of 20 home runs, 69 runs batted in, and a .407 average, pitchers are still pitching to him. It’s a safe bet that if Matthews wasn’t also hitting .400 and had 20 homers, Anderson’s RBI numbers would be even more impressive.

Nebraska Cornhuskers star deserves the award

It seems like it’s going to be a tough race to see who can take home the Golden Spikes Award, but the Nebraska baseball star has certainly made his case.

Other players like the nation’s leading home run hitter in Florida’s Jac Caglianone has shown a bit more power, but he’s also not boasting anywhere near the average that Anderson has put up.

One has to wonder if the Nebraska Cornhuskers player does get shunned if its only because he’s playing in a Big Ten conference that doesn’t impress a lot of people when it comes to baseball. The award winner will be announced on June 25.