Baseball America has named Austin Cousino as the preseason SEC Player of the Year.
In their SEC preview, they also honored Corey Littrell and A.J. Reed.
Cousino was also rated as the best defensive outfielder in the SEC and as the second-best SEC prospect available in the 2014 MLB Draft. Reed was tabbed as the third-best prospect in the league for the 2014 MLB Draft, while Littrell was rated 10th best prospect in the league available for the 2013 MLB Draft. Baseball America also picked UK as one of three SEC NCAA Tournament Teams and for the Wildcats to finish third in the rugged SEC Eastern Division.
For a Kentucky team that saw a record number of players drafted last summer, this season will be a fun one to watch and I highly recommend making it out to at least one game at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Aaron Fitt, a national college writer for Baseball America, shared his thoughts with me regarding Kentucky this season.
“I think this has a chance to be the best team in school history,” Fitt said. “I love the all-lefty rotation, which is experienced and loaded with power arms. I think the bullpen should be strong, built around a proven shut-down closer in Trevor Gott. I think Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed are two of the best all-around players in the SEC, and few players anywhere in college baseball have more value. I really like how strong this team is up the middle, with Cousino in center, a veteran double-play tandem in Matt Reida and J.T. Riddle, and good depth behind the plate (though this team lacks experience behind the plate, which is one of the major questions it will have to answer). It just looks like a very balanced, deep, dangerous team.”
The 2013 season will start for the Cats on Feb. 15 in Spartanburg, S.C., against UNC Asheville at 12 p.m. ET at Russell C. King Field. You can listen to the game live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel calling the action.