Baseball America College Player of the Year A.J. Reed added another award to his crowded trophy case Thursday, winning the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, which was presented by USA Baseball in Los Angeles live on ESPN2.
Reed’s historic season has earned him one major award after another, including the Dick Howser Trophy and the John Olerud Award. Reed had the best year by a two-way player since Olerud, the 1988 College player of the Year for Washington State. Kentucky’s lefthander/DH went 12-2, 2.09 in 112 innings off the mound while leading the nation in home runs (23), slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211).
Reed beat out Oregon State’s Michael Conforto and Louisiana State’s Aaron Nola, the other two finalists who traveled to Los Angeles for the presentation.
The Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur player since 1979. This year marks the first time the winner was announced on an ESPN network since 2007, when David Price took home the trophy.