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A.J. Reed named National Player of the Year


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Two days after earning SEC Player of the Year honors, A.J. Reed was named National Player of the Year by College Baseball magazine.

UK’s two-way star becomes the first player in the program’s history to earn Nation POY honors and the 13th player in the history of the SEC to earn NCAA Player of the Year accolades.

Reed leads the nation 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).

The junior is currently .002 points shy of the SEC lead in batting average and is chasing the second triple-crown in SEC history, the first since Rafael Palmeiro in 1984. There has never been an SEC player to led the conference in homers and pitching victories.

What a season for the best to ever do it at UK.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 responses to “A.J. Reed named National Player of the Year”

  1. drunkswanson

    Drew – do we know who the previous SEC players of the year were? Might give A.J. some interesting comparisons.

  2. ummm....

    Anyone notice in the photo above where he’s playing 1B that his foot is off the bag? Not a very Player of the Year move if you ask me.

    1. Azubuike's Bicep

      He is clearly pulling his leg off of the bag after already getting the runner out. Notice the runner pulling up as if he was already called out.

  3. Jimmy Dinklewinker

    Brent Ingram is the worst!

  4. Egyptologist

    And no one knows what those stats mean because baseball is terrible.

    1. Zac

      I’d say most who have at least vaguely followed baseball in their lifetime will recognize how good those numbers are. Thanks for your great input.

    2. beavis606

      If you don’t understand those numbers then don’t post. Its obvious you are a moron.

  5. jaws2

    Great honor for a great kid. This guy can play and stays pretty darn humble for his skills and achievements. Let’s hope he can lead us to the World Series. It would be great to do that in Loserville’s stadium.

  6. paducahfan

    Is he a three and done?

    1. David Mulloy

      Yes

  7. hamburgdon

    Hey the first time I say A J play I thought he was special, congrats to the man!