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Kentucky Baseball: A.J. Reed is a Perfect Game First-Team All-American

The accolades keep rolling in for Kentucky baseball's A.J. Reed.

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The accolades keep coming in for A.J. Reed, as they should. Perfect Game has their All-American selections for the 2014 season, and Reed is first-team All-American as a utility player. Since he's both a pitcher and a hitter (he played first base for Kentucky), I have no problem with that designation.

But consider this:


School: Kentucky

Cl.: Junior Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 240

Hometown.: Terre Haute, Ind.

High school: Terre Haute South

Reed was a terrific dual-threat player for the Wildcats this season. In addition to leading the team with 23 homers and 73 RBIs, Reed also led the pitching staff with a 2.09 ERA in 112 innings. Reed was clearly the nation's best overall player. [My Emphasis]

Obviously, Reed has already won the Dick Howser trophy, and I would be mildly surprised if he didn't win the Golden Spikes Award as well. Taken as a whole, there's really no doubt in my mind (and obviously in the minds of many others) that Reed was the best college baseball player in America last season.

Reed was the only Kentucky player to make the Perfect Game 3-team roster.