- position INF
- height 6-2
- Weight 235
- class Senior
- Hometown Maryville, Tenn.
- California Collegiate League All-Star (2023)
- Dean’s List (Spring 2022)
- SEC Academic Honor Roll (2022)
- No. 208 Incoming Freshman (Perfect Game, 2020)
- 2020 Preseason High Honorable Mention (Perfect Game)
- 2020 Preseason First-Team All-Southeast Region (Perfect Game)
- Prep Baseball Report Tennessee Dream Team
Joined several other Cats with Lincoln of the California League…Named a CCL All-Star after making a big impact in condensed time frame of 58 at bats…Hit .293 with three doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI with a .552 slugging percentage…Had two five-RBI efforts in just 17 games.
Batted .286 in 91 at bats with an .835 OPS…Hit three doubles and three home runs with 20 RBI and 18 runs…Went 4-for-4 with three runs and four RBI on Feb. 28 vs. Morehead State…Had six multi-hit games…Was hit by 12 pitches…Batted .288 vs. SEC competition.
Appeared in 27 games with 14 starts…Batted .250 in 64 at-bats…Had seven doubles, 11 RBI and six runs scored…Had a .693 OPS…Had five multi-hit games, including a season-high three at Missouri…Had seven hits over a three-game span from 4/9 to 4/14…Made his first collegiate appearance on the mound at Texas A&M on 4/9, facing one batter…Twice had three RBI, once against Western Michigan and once against Bellarmine.
Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League…Appeared in 12 games with 37 at-bats, hitting .216 with three runs, four RBI, two walks and two HBP before a minor injury ended his summer early.
Played in 31 games with 26 starts…Batted .260 in 96 at-bats with 14 runs, 25 hits, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBI…Slugged .438 as part of a .749 OPS…Burst onto scene by smacking four doubles and a home run in his first 10 AB, with five RBI and five runs…Had a hit in his first 10 career games and 15 of first 18, including eight multi-hit outings….The hit in his first 10 games is the fourth-longest such streak by a freshman in school history… Came up huge in the Cats’ first SEC road game, driving in five runs, the most for a freshman since A.J. Reed had six vs. Buffalo on Feb. 24, 2012…He blasted a critical three-run home run through the rain late in that win at Auburn…In his first career game he blasted two doubles and drove in four runs vs. Milwaukee.
Highly regarded by both Prep Baseball Report and Perfect Game…Ranked No. 135 overall and the No. 11 third baseman by PBR…Perfect Game had him ranked No. 250 overall and the No. 18 third baseman in the 2020 class…Both services ranked him the top third baseman and a top 10 overall player in Tennessee…Named First-Team All-State each of his three seasons at Maryville HS…Coached by Adam Sullivan…Also played football.
Full name is Reuben Lee Church…Hometown is Maryville, Tenn…Son of Keith and Paige…Has an older sibling, Riley…Both parents were collegiate athletes…Father played baseball at Milligan College and mother played volleyball at Louisiana-Lafayette…Active in his church…Picked UK because he “loved everything about” the school and program.