Mercer junior Kyle Lewis was named a 2016 Louisville Slugger first-team All-American by the staff of Collegiate Baseball on Thursday.
Lewis, a preseason All-America selection by five publications and the 2016 Southern Conference Player of the Year, is the only representative from Georgia and one of two Southern Conference first-teamers, joined by East Tennessee State’s Trey York.
The Snellville native ranked among the top players in the country during his junior year, leading the nation in walks (66) while placing in the top 15 nationally in batting average (.395) and hits (88) and top six nationally in home runs (20), on-base percentage (.535), runs (70) and RBI (72).
Lewis also had a 48-game on-base streak and 27 multi-hit performances this season while becoming the third player all-time to be named the conference player of the year in consecutive seasons.
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He hit three home runs and picked up eight RBI in the Bears’ conference tournament run last weekend.
The junior was named one of of 25 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists Wednesday, as announced by USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award is given to the top amateur player in the United States.