Former Mercer baseball player Kyle Lewis was named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Bat Award winner Saturday.
The award recognizes Lewis as the association’s national player of the year, his second such honor. Lewis, a center fielder for the Bears, was named Baseball America’s Player of the Year on June 7.
Lewis, who was selected by the Seattle Mariners, with the 11th pick in the Major League Baseball draft June 9, also was named a first-team All-American by ABCA/Rawlings. That marks his fourth All-America honor this season. He also was named an All-American by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Lewis also was the Southern Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season.
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He finished the season with 20 home runs and 72 RBI, which ranked sixth and fifth nationally, respectively.
He ranked fourth nationally with a program-record 66 walks while ranking in the top 15 nationally in batting average (.395) and the top five nationally in on-base percentage (.535) and runs scored (70). Lewis had a 48-game on-base streak and 27 multi-hit performances this season.
Lewis led the Bears to a 38-23 record and their second straight Southern Conference regular-season title.