Brendan McKay is the nation's best.
On Friday morning, the Cardinals All-American junior was honored as the 31st recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, an honor that is extended to the nation's best college baseball player annually. He's the first from the Louisville program to receive the award and the eighth from the ACC.
McKay, who was the fourth overall selection in the recent Major League Baseball Draft, was presented with the trophy during a live broadcast on the MLB network.
It's the latest national award for the two-way star. He was chosen as the John Olerud winner for a third consecutive season on Tuesday and has received National Player of the Year accolades from Baseball American, D1Baseball and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
As the 31st winner of the Dick Howser Award, McKay joins prior honorees such as Robin Ventura, Jason Varitek, Todd Helton, Mark Teixeira, and Buster Posey.
Also selected as the ACC Player of the Year, McKay compiled a 10-3 record with a 2.34 ERA and a school record 140 strikeouts in 104.0 innings on the mound this season, while also posting a batting average of .343 batting average, 17 home runs, 13 doubles, 56 RBIs and a .464 on-base percentage in 60 starts as a hitter.
McKay will make the start in U of L's College World Series opener against Texas A&M on Sunday at 2pm.