Cousino, Reed on Golden Spikes watch list

Kentucky's Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed have been named to the midseason watch list for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the most prestigious honor in amateur baseball, it was announced Thursday.

Kentucky's Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed have been named to the midseason watch list for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, it was announced Thursday.

The Wildcats are among 50 players on the watch list for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball. Past winners include current and former MLB stars such as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, Will Clark and J.D. Drew.

It marks the third consecutive season that UK Baseball has placed a player on the watch list. Cousino and Corey Littrell were selected in 2013, while Trevor Gott and Luke Maile were nominees in 2012.

Reed, the midseason national player of the year by Perfect Game, currently leads the SEC in almost every offensive category. He is hitting .373 with a .500 on-base percentage and a .771 slugging percentage. His 12 home runs lead all players from major conference programs, and the left-hander from Terre Haute, Ind., has driven in 41 runs for the Cats.

A two-way standout, Reed also owns a 6-1 record with a 1.93 ERA on the mound. He has picked up pitching wins over No. 1 Virginia, No. 1 South Carolina, No. 5 Vanderbilt and No. 12 Florida.

Cousino has hit .348 with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers and 25 RBI. The Ohio native has also stolen 12 bases in 12 attempts. He is the reigning Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for his defensive play in centerfield.

The list will be trimmed to 30 players on May 8, followed by semifinalists on May 27. Fans will get an opportunity to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com on May 27 before the list goes on to a panel of more than 200 national baseball voters. The Finalists will be announced on June 3 with the presentation ceremony held on July 17.

Golden Spikes Watch List:
Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name)
Brady Aiken, LHP, Senior, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
Brian Anderson, IF, Junior, Arkansas
Brett Austin, C, Junior, NC State
Tyler Beede, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt
Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine
Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville
Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State
Austin Cousino, OF, Junior, Kentucky
J.D. Davis, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton
Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington
Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi
Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara
Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton
Erick Fedde, RHP, Junior, UNLV
Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU
Blake Fox, LHP, Sophomore, Rice
Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville
Clinton Freeman, OF, Sophomore, East Tennessee State
Jeff Gardner, OF, Senior, Louisville
Aaron Garza, RHP, Junior, Houston
Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State
Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina
Chris Haddeland, RHP, Junior, Linfield
Ian Happ, IF, Sophomore, Cincinnati
Seth Harrison, OF, Senior, Louisiana Lafayette
Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly
Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary
Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia
Ross Kivett, IF, Senior, Kansas State
Ryan McBroom, OF, Senior, West Virginia
Daniel Miles, IF, Junior, Tennessee Tech
D.J. Miller, IF, Senior, Delaware State
Corey Miller, RHP, Senior, Pepperdine
Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine
Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast
Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, LSU
Mike Papi, OF, Junior, Virginia
Mark Payton, OF, Senior, Texas
Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State
A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky
Kyle Schwarber, C, Junior, Indiana
Kade Scivicque, C, Junior, LSU
Austen Smith, IF, Senior, Alabama
D.J. Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State
Ryan Thompson, RHP, Senior, Campbell
Trent Thornton, RHP, Sophomore, North Carolina
Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana
Luke Weaver, RHP, Sophomore, Florida State
Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State
Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

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