Kentucky junior outfielder Ka'ai Tom was selected in the fifth round of the Major League Draft Draft, going No. 154 overall to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday afternoon.
A native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, Tom was the second Kentucky player picked, joining Kyle Cody, who was selected the 73rd overall pick by the Minnesota Twins.
Tom, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound left-handed hitter, has hit .352 in two seasons with the Wildcats. Tom has 148 career hits, the second-most hits for a two-year UK player in program history, just behind Sawyer Carroll (2007-08; 173).
"We went on a roll of college bats first," Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting, told MLB.com. "With Ka'ai, he's another guy who really controls the strike zone very well. He's a guy that puts the ball in play, uses all the fields. He can play all three outfield spots."
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As a junior in 2015, Tom led UK 16 doubles, 51 RBI and a .375 average. He also had one triple, five home runs and 15 stolen bases.
A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2014, Tom reached base safely in 51 of his 55 games in 2015 and in 99 of his 109 career games.