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UK's Reed Named Baseball America College Player of the Year

aj-reedA.J. Reed (Photo courtesy UK Athletics)LEXINGTON, Ky. (6/11/14) — Kentucky junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed has been named the College Player of the Year, it was announced by Baseball America on Wednesday morning.

Reed, the NCAA leader in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211), is the first player in Kentucky history to earn national player of the year honors. A first-team All-America selection, Reed was named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Year and is a finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. He is seeking to become just the third player in Southeastern Conference history to be named the unanimous national player of the year, joining Dave Magadan (1983) and David Price (2007).

A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed led college baseball in homers, slugging and OPS, while ranking as the SEC leader in wins (12), RBI (73), on-base percentage (.476) and walks (49). Reed finished 2014 with a .336 average, with 18 doubles, one triple and a 49-48 walk-strikeout ratio.

The 42nd overall pick in the MLB Draft last Thursday by the Houston Astros, Reed posed a 12-2 record and a 2.09 ERA as UK’s Friday-night starter, tossing 112 innings, allowing only 98 hits, walking 29 and striking out 71.

In his storied three-year career, Reed finished with a 19-13 record on the mound and a 2.83 ERA, the third-best total in program history. He worked 248 innings, allowing just 53 walks and striking out 174. At the plate, Reed finished with a .306 average in his career, with 35 doubles, three triples, 40 homers and 168 RBI.

In addition to being tabbed the Baseball America College Player of the Year, Reed was named a first-team All-American by the publication.

Reed is the sixth SEC player to be named the College Player of the Year by Baseball America, joining Magadan, Price, Ben McDonald (LSU, 1989), Todd Helton (Tennessee, 1995) and Mike Zunino (Florida, 2012).

Baseball America College Player of the Year

  • 1981: Mike Sodders, 3b, Arizona State
  • 1982: Jeff Ledbetter, of/lhp, Florida State
  • 1983: Dave Magadan, 1b, Alabama
  • 1984: Oddibe McDowell, of, Arizona State
  • 1985: Pete Incaviglia, of, Oklahoma State
  • 1986: Casey Close, of, Michigan
  • 1987: Robin Ventura, 3b, Oklahoma State
  • 1988: John Olerud, 1b/lhp, Washington St.
  • 1989: Ben McDonald, rhp, Louisiana State
  • 1990: Mike Kelly, of, Arizona State
  • 1991: David McCarthy, 1b, Stanford
  • 1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Cal State Fullerton
  • 1993: Brooks Kieschnick, dh/rhp, Texas
  • 1994: Jason Varitek, c, Georgia Tech
  • 1995: Todd Helton, 1b/lhp, Tennessee
  • 1996: Kris Benson, rhp, Clemson
  • 1997: J.D. Drew, of, Florida State
  • 1998: Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford
  • 1999: Jason Jennings, rhp, Baylor
  • 2000: Mark Teixeira, 3b, Georgia Tech
  • 2001: Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California
  • 2002: Khalil Greene, ss, Clemson
  • 2003: Rickie Weeks, 2b, Southern
  • 2004: Jered Weaver, rhp, Long Beach State
  • 2005: Alex Gordon, 3b, Nebraska
  • 2006: Andrew Miller, lhp, North Carolina
  • 2007: David Price, lhp, Vanderbilt
  • 2008: Buster Posey, c/rhp, Florida State
  • 2009: Stephen Strasburg, rhp, San Diego State
  • 2010: Anthony Rendon, 3b, Rice
  • 2011: Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA
  • 2012: Mike Zunino, c, Florida
  • 2013: Kris Bryant, 3b, San Diego
  • 2014: A.J. Reed, lhp/1b, Kentucky

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