USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Kentucky Baseball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2017-18 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Andy Porta, St. Xavier (Louisville)
Porta guided the Tigers (37-2) to their eighth state title and their third in five years. St. Xavier, which capped another championship with a 10-6 victory over Highlands in the state final, finished the year No. 7 in the USA TODAY’s Super 25.
Player of the Year
Drew Rom, P, Highlands (Fort Thomas), 6-2/185, Sr.
In leading the Bluebirds (29-14) to the state final, Kentucky’s Mr. Baseball went 8-6 with a 2.42 ERA and a .189 batting average against, striking out 119 batters and walking just 20 in 66.2 innings pitched. A former Michigan commit who also hit .375 with a home run and 14 RBI, Rom signed with the Baltimore Orioles after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft.
Shane Burns, P, Caldwell County (Princeton), 5-11/190, Sr.
Garrett Schmeltz, P, Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville), 6-2/190, Sr.
Ben Metzinger, C, Trinity (Louisville), 6-0/180, Sr.
Ryan Hawks, INF, Warren East (Bowling Green), 6-3/205, Jr.
Gage Hughes, INF, Greenup County (Greenup), 6-0/170, Sr.
Noah McDonald, INF, Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville), 5-8/150, Sr.
Bradley Taylor, INF, Logan County (Russellville), 6-0/155, Sr.
Braxton Cottongame, OF, Perry County Central (Hazard), 6-4/192, Sr.
Rook Ellington, OF, McCracken County (Paducah), 5-11/170, Sr.
Andrew Littlefield, OF, St. Xavier (Louisville), 5-11/150, Sr.
Dallas Glass, P, Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville), 6-2/195, Jr.
Tyler Guilfoil, P, Lafayette (Lexington), 6-4/190, Sr.
Hunter Rigsby, P, Rockcastle County (Mt. Vernon), 6-4/215, Sr.
Matthew Ellis, C, Shelby County (Shelbyville), 6-4/227, Sr.
Trae Harmon, INF, Somerset, 6-4/225, Sr.
Brennan LaBarbera, INF, South Oldham (Crestwood), 6-4/200, Sr.
Trace Willhoite, INF, Scott County (Georgetown), 6-3/195, Jr.
Wyatt Stevenson, INF, Christian County (Hopkinsville), 5-11/186, Jr.
Skyler Cannady, OF, West Jessamine (Nicholasville), 5-9/150, Sr.
Drew McGowan, OF, University Heights (Pembroke), 6-1/165, Jr.
Chris Seng, OF, Oldham County (Buckner), 5-10/160, Sr.