Kentucky Wildcats' Evan White named a preseason All-American

Kentucky's Evan White has been named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

It marks the fifth consecutive season that the Wildcats have had a preseason All-America pick by one of the major college baseball publications.

White led UK in batting average (.376), runs (44), doubles (15), triples (3), RBI (40) and stolen bases (10) last season. The junior first baseman was also a Rawlings Gold Glove winner.

The Ohio native's .376 average tied for the 11th-best single-season mark in program history. He currently ranks No. 7 all-time at UK with a .348 career average.

He is widely considered the top defensive first baseman in the college game, but his overall skill level and athleticism may find him playing outfield at times this season for new UK head coach Nick Mingione in order to get another potent bat in the Wildcats' lineup.

White spent the summer playing for the United States Collegiate National Team, which traveled to Cuba, Japan and Taiwan. He batted .250 on the tour with eight runs scored.

The Cats open the 2017 season on Feb. 17 at North Carolina.

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