UNC Baseball: Vance Honeycutt tabbed as Golden Spikes Award semifinalist

The Diamond Heels' star centerfielder is one of 25 semifinalists to be considered for this year's award.
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Vance Honeycutt is one of the best college baseball players in the country, as he's being recognized as one after a stellar regular season for the UNC baseball program.

This week, Honeycutt was tabbed as one of 25 semifinalists for the annual Golden Spikes Award, awarded to the country's best collegiate baseball player. The junior centerfielder becomes the ninth Diamond Heel to be named a semifinalist for the award and becomes the first Tar Heel since J.B. Bukauskas in 2017 to make it to this point in the balloting.

Honeycutt is the definition of a two-way player, as he impacts the game on both offense and defense like no one else in the country. He's the lone 20-20 player in the nation this season, as he's blasted 22 home runs (setting the UNC baseball program's career home run record in the process) to go along with 28 stolen bases.

As gifted as he is offensively, he's just as talented (if not more if that's even possible) on the defensive side of the game. Patrolling center field, Honeycutt has earned the reputation a a human highlight reel, as he recently earned his second consecutive ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Honeycutt has spearheaded the UNC baseball program's tremendous season, one that has captured another ACC regular title for the Diamond Heels. Given what he's accomplished during his three seasons in Chapel Hill, it won't surprise anyone if his name is called off the board early during the upcoming 2024 MLB Draft.