Kentucky infielders Austin Shultz and John Rhodes were named All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball News this Tuesday.
Shultz, a sophomore second basemen, was named to the Second-Team at the position nationally. This past shortened season, Shultz was very consistent on the field. The second basemen had a batting average of .393 and a team-high 20 runs along with 20 RBI. He also ranked third in the SEC in total bases with 46 and in slugging percentage at .754.
The other named All-American, John Rhodes, was named to the Third-Team as he showed a lot of promise as a freshman infielder, especially offensively. Rhodes ranked second nationally this past season with 10 doubles, twice as many as any other freshman in the SEC. Overall, Rhodes had a .426 batting average with 11 runs and 19 RBI. His .426 batting average was the highest for a Kentucky batter with at least 50 at-bats since Jeff Abbott batted .445 in 1994.
Rhodes also ranked sixth in the SEC in total hits (26) and tenth in RBI, while also leading freshman in the league in many categories including batting average and hits.
While UK baseball has struggled gaining momentum after getting to the regional stage a few years ago, Schultz and Rhodes are proving to be bright spots that can help lead UK back to competing at a high level.