Kentucky junior first baseman Evan White has been named 2017 Second Team Preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball, it was announced Monday.

White, from Gahanna, Ohio, is coming off a stellar 2016 season where he received Second Team All-Southeastern Conference honors. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder’s defensive prowess earned him a Rawlings Gold Glove in 2016 and All-SEC Defensive Team honors for the second consecutive season. As a freshman in 2015, White earned Freshman All-SEC honors.

In 2016, he led the team in average (.376), at bats (226), hits (85), runs (44), doubles (15), triples (3), runs batted in (40), total bases (121) and stolen bases (10). White’s .376 batting average in 2016 ranks him tied with Terry Shumpert (1987) for the 11th highest single-season mark in school history and his 85 hits rank him 11th on the single-season hits list. His career .348 batting average ranks No. 7 on UK’s all-time list (min. 300 at bats).

White spent the summer playing for the United States Collegiate National Team, which traveled to Cuba, Japan and Taiwan. White was the team’s primary first baseman, starting 15 of 19 games and hitting .250 with eight runs scored.

The Wildcats open the 2017 season on Feb. 17 at North Carolina.

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Matt May