Collegiate Baseball names UK's Reed National Player of the Year

May 29, 2014 

  • Collegiate Baseball NCAA Players of Year

    2014: LHP/1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky

    2013: 3B Kris Bryant, San Diego

    2012: RHP Nick Petree, Missouri St.

    2011: RHP Trevor Bauer, UCLA

    2010: LHP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast

    2009: P Stephen Strasburg, San Diego St.

    2008: C Buster Posey, Florida St.

    2007: LHP David Price, Vanderbilt

    2B Tony Thomas, Florida St.

    2006: RHP Wes Roemer, Cal. St. Fullerton

    OF Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison

    2005: OF Shane Robinson, Florida St.

    2004: RHP Jered Weaver, Long Beach St.

    2003: 2B Rickie Weeks, Southern

    2002: SS Khalil Greene, Clemson

    2001: RHP Mark Prior, Southern California

    2000: RHP Kip Bouknight, South Carolina

    1999: UT Jason Jennings, Baylor

    1998: OF Kevin Mench, Delaware

    1997: OF J.D. Drew, Florida St.

    1996: RHP Kris Benson, Clemson

    1995: 1B/P Todd Helton, Tennessee

    OF/P Mark Kotsay, Cal. St. Fullerton

    1994: P/1B Ryan Jackson, Duke

    1993: UT Brooks Kieschnick, Texas

    1992: P Lloyd Peever, Louisiana St.

    1991: P Bobby Jones, Fresno St.

    1990: OF Mike Kelly, Arizona St.

    1989: P Ben McDonald, Louisiana St.

    UT Scott Bryant, Texas

    1988: P Andy Benes, Evansville

    1987: 3B Robin Ventura, Oklahoma St.

    1B Marteese Robinson, Seton Hall

    1986: P Greg Swindell, Texas

    1985: OF Pete Incaviglia, Oklahoma St.

    1984: OF Oddibe McDowell, Arizona St.

University of Kentucky baseball star A.J. Reed was named the National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball magazine Thursday.

Reed, a pitcher and first baseman who was earlier named Southeastern Conference player of the year, becomes the first player in Kentucky history and the 13th player in the history of the SEC to earn national player of the year honors.

Reed is seeking to become just the third SEC player to earn consensus national player of the year honors, joining David Price (2007) and Dave Magadan (1983).

Reed is a candidate for all five major national player of the year awards, including the Golden Spikes Award, presented by USA Baseball.

A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed joins SEC legends Magadan, Price, Will Clark (1985), Derick Lilliquist (1987), Ben McDonald (1989), Lloyd Peever (1992), Todd Helton (1995), Tim Hudson (1997), Brad Wilkerson (1998), Eddy Furniss (1998), Kip Bouknight (2000) and Mike Zunino (2012) as national players of the year in the conference.

A consensus freshman All-American in 2012, Reed was also named a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, marking the 17th player in Kentucky history to earn All-America honors, dating to Dom Fucci in 1949. Reed is the first All-American for the Wildcats since Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill were each honored in 2008.

Reed lead college baseball in homers (23), slugging (.768) and OPS (1.259), and ranks as the SEC leader in RBI (70), on-base percentage (.491), wins (11), walks (47) and total bases (162). He also ranks third in the SEC in average (.351), second in runs (59), eighth in doubles (17), ninth in hits (74), sixth in ERA (2.10), third in innings pitched (103.0), and ninth in strikeouts (68).

Reed has hit .310 in his 168-game UK career, with 34 doubles, three triples, 40 homers and 165 RBI. On the mound, Reed has an 18-13 record and the third-best ERA in UK career history (2.86), working 239 innings with 171 strikeouts.

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