Three UK Baseball Standouts Earn All-SEC Honors


HOOVER, Ala. -- Kentucky baseball standouts JaVon Shelby (pictured), Kyle Barrett and Evan White have earned postseason All-Southeastern Conference honors, as selected by the league coaches and announced by the SEC on Monday, May 18.

Shelby, UK’s sophomore second baseman, earned first-team accolades, with Barrett – a junior centerfielder – tabbed second-team All-SEC. White was named Freshman All-SEC and to the All-SEC Defensive Team at first base.

A product of Lexington’s Tates Creek High School, Shelby is having a breakout season as a star at the keystone. Shelby, a freshman All-SEC Selection in 2014, has belted nine homers and hit .318, ripping 12 doubles, two triples and driving in 44 runs, stealing four bases. Shelby has belted seven homers, nine doubles and a triple in league play, with a .321 average and a 1.073 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage). In his career, Shelby has made 104 consecutive starts at second base and owns 13 homers, 18 doubles, four triples and 65 RBI. Shelby is the second member of his family to earn All-SEC accolades, as he is the brother of former UK star second baseman John Shelby (2004-06), a second-team All-SEC honoree in 2006. Combined in their careers, the Shelby family has hit 45 homers for Kentucky.

Shelby is the first UK second baseman to earn first-team All-SEC honors since Ryan Wilkes in 2008 and just the second UK standout named first-team at the keystone since 1988.

Barrett, a product of Douglasville, Ga., was named second-team All-SEC in the outfield after becoming just the second UK player in program history to lead the SEC in hits (82) and the first since 1988. He finished the year with a .352 average with 12 doubles, three triples, one homer and 25 RBI, with seven stolen bases. In SEC play, Barrett hit .371 to lead the club, with 11 of his extra-base hits coming in conference action. In his career, Barrett has hit .323 with 172 hits, totaling 22 doubles, four triples, two homers and 21 steals.

A native of Gahanna, Ohio, White had a strong season as UK’s everyday first baseman, batting .319 with 12 doubles, one triple, two homers and 28 RBI, stealing three bases. The second UK first baseman, and the first since AJ Reed in 2012, to be named Freshman All-SEC. White was perfect defensively in conference play and hit .296 with 10 extra-base hits and 15 RBI coming in SEC action.

2015 SEC Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas

Pitcher of the Year: Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt

Freshman of the Year: Alex Lange, LSU

Coach of the Year: Paul Mainieri, LSU

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Seth Heck, Mississippi State

First-Team All-SEC

C: Kade Scivicque, LSU

1B: Kyle Martin, South Carolina

2B: JaVon Shelby, Kentucky

3B: Conner Hale, LSU

SS: Alex Bregman, LSU

OF: Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas

OF: Andrew Stevenson, LSU

OF: Christin Stewart, Tennessee

DH/UT: Mitchell Nau, Texas A&M

SP: Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt

SP: Alex Lange, LSU

RP: Zach Jackson, Arkansas

Second-Team All-SEC Team

C: Mike Rivera, Florida

1B: Chris Chinea, LSU

2B: Max Schrock, South Carolina

3B: Josh Tobias, Florida

SS: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt

OF: Kyle Barrett, Kentucky

OF: Nick Banks, Texas A&M

OF: Logan Taylor, Texas A&M

DH/UT: JJ Schwarz, Florida

SP: Grayson Long, Texas A&M

SP: Cole Lipscomb, Auburn

*RP: Breckin Williams, Missouri

*RP: Wyatt Short, Ole Miss

Freshman All-SEC Team

C: Mike Rivera, Florida

1B: Evan White, Kentucky

2B: Dalton Guthrie, Florida

3B: Will Toffey, Vanderbilt

SS: Ryan Gridley, Mississippi State

OF: Keegan McGovern, Georgia

OF: Trey Harris, Missouri

OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt

DH/UT: JJ Schwarz, Florida

SP: Tanner Houck, Missouri

SP: Keaton McKinney, Arkansas

RP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt

SEC All-Defensive Team

C: Kade Scivicque, LSU

1B: Evan White, Kentucky

2B: Kyle Overstreet, Alabama

3B: Bobby Wernes, Arkansas

SS: Alex Bregman, LSU

OF: Andrew Stevenson, LSU

OF: Mark Laird, LSU

OF: Buddy Reed, Florida

P: Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt

* - Denotes a tie in voting. Ties are not broken.

Photo by Chet White/UK Athletics


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