Comes now news via Twitter that A.J. Reed has won the Golden Spikes award, which has been described as the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. Here is the award tweet:
The actual article is over at USABaseball.com, which reads, in relevant part:
Reed is the first Golden Spikes Award winner in Kentucky’s history and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2014. He was also honored with a number of other collegiate baseball awards, including being named the Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, the ABCA National Player of the Year, the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, Baseball America’s 2014 Player of the Year and the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year for his junior season.
Reed swept all the national Player of the Year honors, much as Anthony Davis did back after the 2012 NCAA Tournament championship. This is one of the biggest honors a UK player has ever received in any sport, and for Kentucky to wind up with the Golden Spikes award winner despite going out in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament is an impressive feat we may not see duplicated for a while. It’s much easer to win awards like this when you have a team that goes deep in the post-season.
Reed is just the third two-way player to win this award in it’s history, which makes it even more impressive. Congratulations to A.J., to the University of Kentucky, to coach Gary Henderson and to all of Reed’s teammates. This award reflects great credit on all those worthies, and even though I hoped for this since mid-season, I had a number of doubts it would come to pass. But it has.