JONESBORO, Ark. - Rice's John Clay Reeves was named a third-team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the organization announced from its headquarters in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The postseason honors continue for Reeves. The Owls' senior designated hitter earned first team all-Conference USA and first team ABCA All-South Central Region honors before being selected by the Washington Nationals in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Since its inaugural list of honorees in 1950, the ABCA was the first organization to recognize elite collegiate players having outstanding individual seasons with selection to its All-America teams.
Reeves fought through some nagging injuries to deliver a sensational year (where the C-USA head coaches picked him as the league's preseason player of the year in their annual January poll). He made the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to the nation's top Division I catcher, and went on to play in 56 of the team's 59 games (and was a starter in every game which he appeared). Originally from Monroe, La., Reeves finished third in the conference in RBI, driving in a total of 55 runs in his 56 games played. Part of the RBI success was from a focused .448 batting average with runners in scoring position, and he also hit .387 with men on base. He was the only Owl this season to record five hits in a single game (on the road at national power Arizona).
Reeves joins a host of Owls under head coach Wayne Graham who have been named to an All-America team. Earlier this month Collegiate Baseball magazine named Rice's Ryan Chandler to its 2015 Freshman All-America Team. Under coach Graham Rice baseball has made 21-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and won 20-straight conference championships - including titles that were won in the regular season and/or conference tournament. In 2015 the Blue & Gray posted an overall record of 37-22.