A.J. Reed celebrates following a game-tying home run on April 6, 2014 against Florida. Image Credit: Daniel Solzman.

Baseball America names A.J. Reed as College Baseball Player of the Year


Baseball America has named Kentucky Wildcats two-way standout A.J. Reed as the College Baseball Player of the Year.

Once more, A.J. Reed has been named as College Baseball’s Player of the Year. This is the second honor in the past few weeks for the Houston Astros second round draft pick.

John Olerud was the previous standard when it came to two-way players who starred on the mound and at the plate. It’s so much of a standard that the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award is presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation. Fans can vote for Reed here and upon my voting, Reed was listed with 6% of the vote, with the leader tallying 86% of the vote.

In 112 innings pitched during the 2014 campaign, the Indiana native went 12-2 on the mound with a 2.09 ERA. At the plate, Reed was a wonder of wonders as he led the nation in home runs (23), slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211). Reed was second nationwide in total bases (164) and third in RBIs (73). Reed hit .336 with a .476 on-base percentage. He drew 49 walks while striking out 48 times.

Reed was previously honored by Baseball America as the Player of the First Half in April.

Reed also picked up First-Team All-American honors today by Baseball America.

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