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Breaking Down Kentucky’s All-SEC Awards

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The BatCats reeled in eleven awards in the SEC. Led by Nick Mingione winning Coach of the Year, UK had six guys named to All-SEC Teams as well as the Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle. Here is an overview of all the awards.

Coach of the Year, Nick Mingione- What else is there to be said about the man that leads the program? In my time around Coach Mingione, I have seen how great of a coach and person he really is. The staff he put together is reason enough to give him Coach of the Year. Mingione turned the program around and put Kentucky into the national spotlight. It has been less than a calendar year since Mingione was hired and UK was out of the NCAA Tournament. Flash forward to today, where UK is competing for a national seed a week from Selection Monday. Mingione’s 38 wins are the most in a first season for a UK Coach.

Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-SEC, Sean Hjelle- The former closer took over Friday nights for UK and was a force on the mound. Hjelle went 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA in SEC games. He set the tone in the first game of every conference series in 2017. In a league that is pitcher-heavy, Hjelle stood out as the best. Winning Pitcher of the Year is a huge honor for Hjelle and the program.

Scholar Athlete of the Year, Zach Logue- When he wasn’t starting on Saturdays for UK, Logue was busy posting a 3.96 in chemical engineering. That is no easy feat, especially for a student-athlete. Logue has been on the Academic Honor Roll twice in his time at Kentucky.

Community Service Team, Storm Wilson- In his time at UK, Wilson has been notarized for his work on and off the field several times. Wilson has done more than has been noticed since he has been at UK. Check out this story to see what Storm did to earn the award.

First Team All-SEC, Tristan Pompey- No player improved to the extent that Pompey did in 2017. He was rocketing balls all over the park during conference play. Pompey led the SEC in average and hits in conference play and finished with a .369 average for the 2017 season. Pompey also hit nine home runs, stole eight bases, and led the team in walks.

 

First Team All-SEC, Logan Salow- For awhile, it appeared that Salow would finish the year with an ERA below .50. The number rose a bit, but Salow was still the best reliever in the SEC. Salow struck out an obscene 63 batters in 45.1 innings this season. That is more than 12 K per nine innings. Salow’s season will go down as one of the best in UK history. In 26 appearances, Salow walked only eight batters. All of his impressive stats led to an All-SEC recognition.

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Second Team All-SEC, Defensive All-SEC, Evan White- The UK first baseman went 3/3 on All-Defensive honors in his time at UK. If not for Brent Rooker looking like Mike Trout in Starkville, he would have had first team honors as well. White missed 13 games but still managed to hit .385 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. As for the defense, White finished the regular season with a perfect fielding percentage.

Second Team All-SEC, Riley Mahan- The prime power hitter for UK landed on the second team. Mahan hit 14 home runs and had a slugging percentage of .655 as a junior. A three-time SEC Player of the Week, Mahan led the league in home runs in SEC play. Mahan’s defense improved enough for him to land on the All-SEC list. His offense improved as well as he developed into a solid power hitting second baseman.

Second Team All-SEC, Troy Squires- This is my favorite award. Squires has been a leader for this team throughout 2017. He takes the bruises behind the plate and was often called upon for a sac bunt in big situations. But late in SEC play, Squires came on as a leader on offense. The junior catcher hit .333 at the plate and threw out 45 percent of runners behind it.

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Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

5 Comments for Breaking Down Kentucky’s All-SEC Awards



  1. Hakmer
    10:08 am May 23, 2017 Permalink

    Salow struck an obscene 63 batters..sounds like control issues lol



  2. Catsby80
    10:43 am May 23, 2017 Permalink

    I’m just trying to figure out how one racks up a perfect fielding percentage (in the infield no-less) and is not on the first team all-defensive team. Everyone says that Evan White is going to be a first round pick, yet he isn’t good enough for the first team all-sec? give me a break. Hope the Cats can find a way to make some noise in the postseason.



    • TBW3011
      12:35 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

      He missed a lot of games. That’s my guess



  3. UKBlueGreen
    1:14 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

    A great group of guys.



  4. Penn Chaloaf
    5:31 pm May 23, 2017 Permalink

    GO CATS!