- Sep 10, 2006
Go Big Red!
Jeebus.Originally posted by HuskerFan31:
Olerud, the 1988 Baseball America College Player of the Year for Washington State, has been the gold standard for two-way brilliance since hitting .464 with 23 homers and going 15-0, 2.49 on the mound 26 years ago. But in a number of ways, Reed raised the bar this spring, earning him the 2014 BA Player of the Year Award.
Using deadened BBCOR bats, Reed smacked 23 home runs as well, matching Olerud's total with supercharged bats. Reed led the nation in homers, slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211), while ranking second in total bases (164) and third in RBIs (73). He hit .336 with a .476 on-base percentage, walking (49) more than he struck out (48).
That offensive season alone would make him worthy of the Player of the Year award, but Reed also went 12-2, 2.09 in 112 innings as Kentucky's Friday night ace in the rugged Southeastern Conference. He ranks just one win shy of the national lead and tops the SEC.