Reed adds All-America to list of honors

A.J. Reed added first-team All-America honors to his growing list of accolades on Thursday, shortly after signing his first professional contract with the Houston Astros.

The Kentucky junior had previously been named 2014 national player of the year by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball after batting .336 with a nation-high 23 home runs and an SEC-leading 73 RBI. He also went 12-2 on the mound with a 2.09 ERA

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Last week, Reed was a second-round draft pick by the Houston Astros, going No. 42 overall. He signed with the organization on Wednesday and will begin his professional career with the Tri-City Valley Cats of the short-season New York-Penn League.

It marks Reed's third first-team All-America honor in 2014, also earning spots on the Baseball America and Louisville Slugger teams. He is a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by the NCBWA, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

Reed, the first player in UK baseball history to earn national player of the year honors, is seeking to become just the third unanimous national player of the year from the SEC, joining Vanderbilt's David Price (2007) and Alabama's Dave Magadan (1983).

He is the 17th player in program history to earn All-America honors dating back to 1949. UK's recent honorees include first baseman Ryan Strieby (2006), catcher Sean Coughlin (2007), outfielder Collin Cowgill (2008) and outfielder Sawyer Carroll (2008).

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