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Maile Named to Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List

Luke Maile (Photo courtesy UK athletics/Joshua McCoy)
The accolades continue to roll in for University of Kentucky junior catcher Luke Maile (Amsterdam 2010-2011). The UK clean-up hitter and two-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Week has been named to the 2012 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List. The award, presented by USA Baseball, is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Overall, sixty NCAA Division I baseball players comprise the current 60-man watch list. The 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award will be announced on May 29. From the semifinalists, three finalists will be selected and then revealed on June 5. The award will be presented at the MLB Network Studios on July 6.

Maile, a 2011 PGCBL all-star, was not part of the initial watch list for the Golden Spikes Award which was released prior to the season. Maile, along with 29 other Division I athletes, played his way into consideration for the award.

Maile and the Wildcats (36-9) are currently ranked seventh in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 poll. Earlier this season, Kentucky was ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history. Luke has played and started all 45 games this season for the ‘Cats. He is batting .329 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Maile has compiled 55 hits, 40 runs, 23 walks, nine stolen bases, a .587 slugging percentage and a .431 on-base percentage. The junior leads the Wildcats in home runs and RBI; his 11 home runs are tied for the second-most in the SEC. Kentucky’s high-powered offense leads the SEC with 312 total runs for an average of nearly seven scores per game.

The 2009 Boston Red Sox draft pick spent two seasons with the Amsterdam Mohawks. He compiled a .352 Amsterdam batting average (55-for-156) with eight home runs and 35 RBI. Maile scored 47 runs in 49 regular season games. Last summer, Luke batted .378 with eight home runs and 25 runs batted in. He posted a .722 slugging percentage over 26 games and a .509 on-base percentage. He was named All-PGCBL first team and was ranked among the top three professional prospects in the league by Perfect Game USA.


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