Reed named finalist for Golden Spikes Award

A.J. Reed has been named a finalist for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award, it was announced Tuesday by USA Baseball.

The Kentucky junior joins Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and LSU pitcher Aaron Nola as the three finalists for the award honoring college baseball's top performer.

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Reed just completed one of the most impressive seasons in college baseball history. The Wildcats' two-way star batted .336 with a nation-leading 23 home runs and an SEC-high 73 RBI. He posted the top slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211) in the nation.

On the mound, Reed went 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts. He struck out 71 batters and walked only 29 over 112 innings.

The award will be presented on July 17 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles as part of the 2014 Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner.

Reed was recently named Collegiate Baseball's national player of the year. He is seeking to become only the third SEC player to earn concensus national player of the year honors, joining Alabama's Dave Magadan (1983) and Vanderbilt's David Price (2007).

Projected as a possible first-round pick in this year's MLB amateur draft, Reed capped his UK career by leading the Cats to the NCAA Tournament and a spot in the Louisville Regional championship bracket.


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