Kentucky's Reed wins Golden Spikes Award, completes rare sweep

July 17, 2014 

AJ Reed completed the sweep on Thursday.

The University of Kentucky's two-way standout was named winner of the 2014 Golden Spikes Award, giving him all five of college baseball's player of the year awards this season.

Reed, a second-round draft choice of the Houston Astros last month, previously won the Dick Howser Trophy, Collegiate Baseball's Louisville Slugger Award, and the top player awards from Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Reed became only the third unanimous national player of the year, joining Dave Magadan (1983) and David Price (2007).

Reed, a left-handed pitcher and infielder, was also named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and the SEC's Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14. He also won the John Olerud Award, given to the top two-way player in the nation.

Reed beat out two other finalists for the Golden Spikes Award: Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State, and Aaron Nola, a right-handed pitcher from Louisiana State. All three players appeared on the noon SportsCenter show on ESPN2 on Thursday for the presentation of the award.

Reed, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., led the nation in homers (23), slugging (.735), and OPS (1.211), Reed led the conference in wins (12), RBI (73), walks (49), total bases (164) and on-base percentage (.476).

He was the first player in SEC history to lead the conference in homers and pitching victories. He finished his season with more homers than 185 teams in college baseball, including six league schools.

In 28 games with the Astros' Class A Short Season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats, Reed has hit .311 with nine doubles, three homers, 22 RBI and a .900 OPS.

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