Kentucky Wildcats star freshman John Rhodes has earned a national honor. Collegiate Baseball News named the UK third basemen the National Co-Freshman of the Year, sharing the award with Virginia outfielder Chris Newell.

Rhodes hit a remarkable .426 as a freshman in 2020 61 at-bats with 11 runs scored, 26 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 19 RBI’s. His 10 doubles ranked second nationally and were twice as many as any other rookie in the SEC.

He ranked sixth in the SEC in total hits and 10th in RBI, led all SEC freshmen in batting average, hits, on-base percentage, doubles and total bases and ranked second in slugging percentage.

The Tennessee native was also named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News earlier this offseason. He is the first Kentucky freshman to be named a Freshman All-American from a national outlet since Zack Thompson in 2017.


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