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Kentucky's Reed named to All-SEC First Team

Kentucky first baseman A.J. Reed hit a 2-run double in the third inning against Louisville. Photo by Matt Goins
Kentucky first baseman A.J. Reed hit a 2-run double in the third inning against Louisville. Photo by Matt Goins Herald-Leader

Kentucky sophomore A.J. Reed, who led the Wildcats with 13 home runs and also started 14 games as a pitcher, was named to the All-Southeastern Conference First Team on Tuesday.

Post-season honors were voted on by the SEC's 14 head coaches.

Reed, a sophomore from Terre Haute, Ind., was the only Wildcat to be named to the first or second teams.

Catcher Greg Fettes and outfielder Kyle Barrett were selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Sophomore outfielder Austin Cousino made the All-Defensive Team.

Reed was one of 13 players name to the All-SEC First Team, sharing the designated hitter/utility player position with Missouri's Keaton Steele.

Reed started all 55 games for the Wildcats (30-25), batting .280 with 52 RBI. He hit one-third of UK's 36 home runs.

On the mound, Reed went 2-8 with a 4.04 ERA. His 821⁄3 innings pitched were third-most on the team.

Barrett led the Wildcats with a .349 batting average, starting 38 games. Fettes hit .250, starting 19 of the 23 games in which he played, and had three homers and nine RBI.

Cousino, who was named the SEC's Pre-season Player of the Year by Baseball America, struggled through a sophomore slump at the plate but still earned defensive honors with a .985 fielding percentage and 127 put-outs. Cousino batted .249 with six homers, 27 RBI and a team-best 14 stolen bases.

The SEC's coaches voted Vanderbilt second baseman Tony Kemp the league's player of the year and the Commodores' Tim Corbin the coach of the year. Vanderbilt set an SEC record with 26 conference wins.

Aaron Nola of LSU was named pitcher of the year.

Nine SEC teams have advanced to NCAA Tournament play beginning this week: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.



Player of the Year: Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt

Pitcher of the Year: Aaron Nola, LSU

Freshman of the Year: Alex Bregman, LSU

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sam Frost, Mississippi State

Coach of the Year: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt


Pos. Player School

1B Mason Katz LSU

2B Tony Kemp Vanderbilt

3B Christian Ibarra LSU

SS Alex Bregman LSU

C Stuart Turner Mississippi

OF Hunter Renfroe Mississippi State

OF Mike Yastrzemski Vanderbilt

OF Raph Rhymes LSU

DH/UTL Keaton Steele Missouri

DH/UTL A.J. Reed Kentucky

P Ryne Stanek Arkansas

P Aaron Nola LSU

RP Jonathan Holder Mississippi State


1B Garrett Cooper Auburn

2B Brett Pirtle Mississippi State

2B JaCoby Jones LSU

3B Curt Powell Georgia

3B Andrew Mistone Mississippi

SS Mikey Reynolds Texas A&M

SS Mikey White Alabama

C Grayson Greiner South Carolina

OF Connor Harrell Vanderbilt

OF Brian Anderson Arkansas

OF Krey Bratsen Texas A&M

DH/UTL Daniel Mengden Texas A&M

P Tyler Beede Vanderbilt

P Bobby Wahl Mississippi

RP Tyler Webb South Carolina


1B Josh Lester Missouri

2B Kyle Overstreet Alabama

3B Xavier Turner Vanderbilt

SS Alex Bregman LSU

C Greg Fettes Kentucky

OF Kyle Barrett Kentucky

OF Vincent Jackson Tennessee

OF Harrison Bader Florida

DH/UTL Zander Wiel Vanderbilt

P Jack Wynkoop South Carolina

P Sean McLaughlin Georgia

RP Carson Fulmer Vanderbilt

RP Ray Castillo Alabama


P Daniel Mengden Texas A&M

1B Mason Katz LSU

1B Cole Lankford Texas A&M

2B Tony Kemp Vanderbilt

SS Adam Frazier Mississippi State

3B Christian Ibarra LSU

C Stuart Turner Mississippi

OF Austin Cousino Kentucky

OF Mike Yastrzemski Vanderbilt

OF Hunter Renfroe Mississippi State