[Moderated by Matt Jones]
In homage of his killer play of late, and his award for SEC Player of the Week, I decided that my next player profile for the UK Baseball team would be native Kentuckian, Luke Maile. Maile is a junior on this team, and plays catcher. He automatically gets my respect, because there’s no way I could squat that low for such a long period of time…shin splits anyone? Anyway, Maile has had a standout year this year, and is without a doubt one of the biggest leaders for this Wildcat squad.
On the year, Maile leads the SEC in homeruns with 11. He’s also batting .331 with 10 doubles, 41 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. He’s really the type of player that can do it all. Maile originally hails from Crestview Hills, KY and was named Kentucky Mr. Baseball his senior year of high school at Covington Catholic. He owns the record for every offensive statistic in school history at his high school, other than at bats, in which he is in second place. That’s amazing. He also played basketball and golf.
It’s no surprise that Maile is a success athletically. It’s in his blood. His father, Rich, played football for UK, and his grandfather, Dick, was an All-American basketball player at LSU. That must have made this past weekend’s series between the Tigers and the Wildcats awfully interesting in the Maile household…
Maile won the SEC Player of the Week award for the second time this season today, after having monster success recently. He hit .462 and belt two homers during 4 games last week, also getting 5 RBI’s. Maile is one of the top collegiate players in the nation, and it will be interesting if he decides to come to school next year as he is eligible for the MLB draft after this spring.
The Wildcats are killin’ it this year on the baseball diamond, if you didn’t already know, and their next game is tomorrow in Louisville, KY versus those birds that don’t exist. Kentucky will be looking to exact revenge from a drubbing against UofL two weeks ago.
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