We are only four years removed from AJ Reed winning the Golden Spikes Award for college baseball’s best player. Today, two current BatCats were placed on the watch list for the prestigious award. Senior third baseman Luke Heyer and junior outfielder Tristan Pompey were among the 40 players named to the midseason list by USA Baseball.
Heyer has burst onto the scene and taken the SEC by storm. After coming off the bench in 2017, Heyer has started in 30 games this season as a senior. Heyer leads the SEC with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. The former All-State JUCO star leads UK in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.
Pompey is the top position player prospect in the SEC. The reigning SEC Player of the Week, Pompey is now hitting .358 as a junior with five home runs and 28 RBIs. Pompey missed some time with an ankle injury last month, but he has come back with vigor in the last two weeks. The Toronto-native collected seven hits and drove in ten runs on his way to winning the SEC POW. Pompey will gain a lot of traction for the award as he continues to bounce back from an injury and makes more adjustments from the left side of the plate.
The Golden Spikes Award will be announced on June 28th in Los Angeles. The next update will be on May 21 when the semifinalists are announced.