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Kentucky Wildcats first baseman Evan White named preseason All-SEC

SEC coaches tab UK junior to preseason all-conference team.

Kentucky first baseman Evan White has been voted to the Coaches' Preseason All-SEC Team, the league announced Thursday.

The junior from Gahanna, Ohio, led the Wildcats with a .376 batting average last season and earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his defensive play. His .348 career average currently ranks seventh on UK's all-time list.

White spent the summer playing for the United States Collegiate National Team, which traveled to Cuba, Japan and Taiwan. He was the team’s primary first baseman, starting 15 of 19 games and hitting .250 with eight runs scored.

The Wildcats, who were picked by the coaches to finish fourth in the SEC East, open the 2017 season on Feb. 17 at North Carolina.

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2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll:

Eastern Division

1. Florida (10) – 70

2. South Carolina (4) – 61

3. Vanderbilt – 52

T4. Georgia – 29

T4. Kentucky – 29

6. Tennessee – 20

7. Missouri – 12

 

Western Division

1. LSU (13) – 72

2. Texas A&M (1) – 55

3. Ole Miss – 51

4. Mississippi State – 36

5. Arkansas – 27

T6. Alabama – 16

T6. Auburn – 16

 

SEC Champion: Florida (6), LSU (6), South Carolina (2)

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2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team:

 

First Team

C: Mike Rivera, Florida

1B: Evan White, Kentucky

2B: Cole Freeman, LSU

SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida

3B: Jonathan India, Florida

OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt

OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU

DH/UTL: JJ Schwarz, Florida

SP: Alex Faedo, Florida

SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt

RP: Tyler Johnson, South Carolina

 

Second Team

C: Jason Delay, Vanderbilt

1B: JJ Schwarz, Florida

2B: Tate Blackman, Ole Miss

SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU

3B: Colby Bortles, Ole Miss

OF: Greg Deichmann, LSU

OF: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State

OF: Luke Bonfield, Arkansas

DH/UTL: Alex Destino, South Carolina

SP: Alex Lange, LSU

SP: Tanner Houck, Missouri

RP: Matt Ruppenthal, Vanderbilt


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