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Kentucky Wildcats' JaVon Shelby a preseason All-American

Kentucky junior third baseman JaVon Shelby was tabbed a preseason All-American on Monday by D1Baseball.

The Lexington native has now earned a pair of preseason All-America honors for 2016, including a third-team spot from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball. He was previously an All-SEC second baseman in each of his first two years with the Wildcats.

A 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed hitter, Shelby finished his sophomore season with a .312 batting average, nine home runs and 44 RBI. He had a .525 slugging percentage and ranked ninth in the SEC with a .442 on-base percentage.

Shelby enters 2016 as the leading returnee among SEC players in OPS (1.073). In SEC play in 2015, Shelby ranked only behind national player of the year Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas) and senior slugger Kyle Martin (South Carolina) in OPS.

He comes from a decorated baseball family that includes his father John T., an 11-year MLB veteran and the first-base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and his older brother John, who belted 33 homers and drove in 131 runs during 2004-06 for the Wildcats. John earned All-SEC honors in 2006 after leading UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to the first SEC Championship in school history. Combined, the Shelby family has hit 46 home runs for the Kentucky program, driving in 196 runs. The youngest of the Shelby brothers, slugging outfielder Jaren, signed his National Letter of Intent with Kentucky in November.

Kentucky, which is ranked No. 25 in the Baseball America preseason poll, begins its 2016 season on Feb. 19 at Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.

UK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS (since 1999)

1999 – John Wilson, C

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball

2007 – Collin Cowgill, OF

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2007 – Sean Coughlin, C

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2007 – Greg Dombrowski, RHSP

- NCBWA

2010 – Chris Bisson, 2B

- Baseball America

2013 – Austin Cousino, OF

- Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2013 – Corey Littrell, LHSP

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2013 – AJ Reed, UT

- NCBWA

2014 – AJ Reed, UT

- Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game

2014 – Austin Cousino, OF

- Baseball America

2015 – Kyle Cody, RHSP

- Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball

2016 – JaVon Shelby, 3B

- Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball


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