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July 18, 2014

A.J. Reed makes it 5 for 5 in college baseball awards with Golden Spikes Award

TERRE HAUTE — When it came down to it, college baseball’s electors agreed that there was no award Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed didn’t deserve for his remarkable 2014 season at Kentucky.

Reed was selected Thursday as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making Reed a unanimous pick as the national player of the year.

Reed’s award was announced on Thursday in Los Angeles during ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Reed edged two other finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and LSU right-hander Aaron Nola, the 2014 SEC Pitcher of the Year.

Reed’s clean sweep of the 2014 national player of the year awards includes the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; Baseball America College Player of the Year; Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year; and the American Baseball Coaches Association National Player of the Year awards. In addition, Reed was named the Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, SEC Player of the Year and the winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

Reed charted one of the top seasons in the history of college baseball in 2014, finishing the year as the NCAA leader in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211).

He became the first player in SEC history to lead the conference in homers and pitching wins, going 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA on the mound, and was the first player in league history to hit over 20 homers in the BBCOR bat era.

Reed finished the year with a .336 average — narrowly missing the second triple crown in SEC history — with a conference-best 23 homers and 73 RBI.

He also led the league in on-base percentage (.476), total bases (164) and walks (49), while adding 60 runs, 18 doubles and one triple. On the mound, Reed was UK’s Friday-night ace for a second straight campaign, posting the second-most wins in Kentucky history, while starting 16 games. He hurled 112 innings, walking just 29 and striking out 71.

A consensus first-team All-America selection in 2014, Reed finished his record-setting UK career with a .306 average in 172 games, slugging 35 doubles, three triples, 40 homers and 168 RBI. On the mound, Reed finished with a 19-13 record and a 2.83 ERA in his 46-game UK career, pitching 248 innings.

Reed is already one of the most decorated players in Terre Haute’s proud baseball history  — and he’s just barely begun his professional career. Reed’s award could portend a Major League career of his own. From 2001-12, every Golden Spikes winner made it to the big leagues. Kris Bryant, the 2013 winner, is playing for Triple-A Iowa in the Chicago Cubs system.

The first pick of the second round in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, Reed has hit .311 (32 for 103) in his professional debut in the New York-Penn League. Reed, the NY-Penn League Player of the Week, has belted nine doubles and three homers in his first 28 games, with a .415 on-base percentage and 22 RBI, sporting a 17-16 walk-strikeout ratio.

 

Golden Spikes Award Winners

1978 — Bob Horner Arizona State University

1979 — Tim Wallach, Cal State Fullerton

1980 — Terry Francona, University of Arizona

1981 — Mike Fuentes, Florida State University

1982 — Augie Schmidt, University of New Orleans

1983 — Dave Magadan, University of Alabama

1984 — Oddibe McDowell, Arizona State University

1985 — Will Clark, Mississippi State University

1986 — Mike Loynd, Florida State University

1987 — Jim Abbott, University of Michigan

1988 — Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State University

1989 — Ben McDonald, LSU

1990 — Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College

1991 — Mike Kelly, Arizona State University

1992 — Phil Nevin, Cal State Fullerton

1993 — Darren Dreifort, Wichita State University

1994 — Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech

1995 — Mark Kotsay, Cal State Fullerton

1996 — Travis Lee, San Diego State University

1997 — J.D. Drew, Florida State University

1998 — Pat Burrell, University of Miami

1999 — Jason Jennings, Baylor University

2000 — Kip Bouknight, University of South Carolina

2001 — Mark Prior, University of Southern California

2002 — Khalil Greene, Clemson University

2003 — Rickie Weeks, Southern University

2004 — Jered Weaver, Long Beach State University

2005 — Alex Gordon, University of Nebraska

2006 — Tim Lincecum, University of Washington

2007 — David Price, Vanderbilt University

2008 — Buster Posey, Florida State University

2009 — Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State University

2010 — Bryce Harper, College of Southern Nevada

2011 — Trevor Bauer, UCLA

2012 — Mike Zunino, University of Florida

2013 — Kris Bryant, University of San Diego

2014 — A.J. Reed, University of Kentucky

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