Ben Aklinski - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 52


  • height 5-11
  • Weight 210
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Previous School Phoenix College

• Second-Team JUCO All-American (2017)
• NJCAA Division II Defensive PLayer of the Year (2017)
• Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2017)
• Rawlings JUCO Gold Glove (2017)
• First-Team All-ACCAC (2017)
• Second-Team All-ACCAC (2016)

Junior College All-American and Gold Glove winner…Dirtbag-type baseball player…Elite, premier defender in outfield…Above average and accurate arm…Plus work ethic…Hard-nosed, hard-90 guy that uses all fields at plate…Ability to hit double-digit doubles and home runs…Intense player who will not back down from any situation…Not lacking in confidence…Should help right away in outfield and as potential leadoff hitter.

Named Second-Team All-America and led Phoenix College to a Southwest District championship…Honored as NJCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Year…Named ACCAC Player of the Year…Rawlings Gold Glove winner (OF)…Ranked among nation’s top players in doubles (2nd), total bases (2nd), runs (7th), triples (13th), home runs (13th) and RBI (25th)…Appeared in 64 games, hitting .364 (87-239) with a .448 on-base percentage and .703 slugging percentage…Scored 70 runs while hitting 27 doubles, six triples, 14 home runs and driving in 61….Walked 32 times against just 29 strikeouts with 168 total bases and four steals…NJCAA Division II NJCAA World Series all-tournament team…In 2016, named Second-Team All-ACCAC…Played for Kevin Kimball.

Earned three letters at Greenway High School in Phoenix…Played for Matthew Denny…Won the state championship in 2014…Greenway was named Medium School National Champion by MaxPreps in 2014…Team tied state record with a 29-game win streak in 2013…Was named Second-Team All-State in 2014.

Full name is Benjamin Tyler Aklinski…Pronounced “Uh-klin-ski”…Born in Phoenix…Son of Laura Ideus…Has an older brother, Joe, and a twin brother, Matt..Also played golf in high school…Favorite MLB team is the Seattle Mariners…Picked Kentucky because of the coaching staff and how much Coach Mingione cared about the players and the program…Chose the Wildcats over Washington, Utah and New Mexico State…Major is Communication.

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