LEXINGTON – Kentucky senior Shaun Lehmann and junior John Shelby were each named preseason All-SEC on Friday by SEbaseball.com.
Shelby, a Lexington native, headlined the first-team as the second baseman. Lehmann, a Nashville, Tenn., native, was voted in as a second-team outfielder. Both players earned All-SEC honors last season from SEbaseball.com.
In his first year at UK, Lehmann led the Wildcats with a .347 batting average, 57 runs scored and 20 doubles. All three totals ranked among the conference leaders. He was also second on the squad with 15 stolen bases. After moving to the outfield midway through the season, he immediately became one of the best defensive outfielders in the league.
Shelby junior proved to be one of the biggest offensive weapons in the Southeastern Conference last season by batting .344 overall, while leading the team with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. He also stole a team-best 23 bases and was one of just three SEC players with at least 10 homer and 10 steals. For his efforts, he earned first-team All-SEC and ABCA first-team All-South Region honors.
This is one of many preseason accolades for Shelby, who has been named a preseason All-American by Baseball America and put on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the national player of the year.
Kentucky opens the season on Feb. 17 at San Antonio, Texas, with a double header against Army and UT-San Antonio. The Wildcats' first home game is Feb. 28 against Evansville.
Lehmann, Shelby Tabbed All-SEC
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