John Rhodes - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 1


  • height 6-0
  • Weight 200
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
  • National co-Freshman of the Year, Collegiate Baseball News (2020)

  • Third-Team Preseason All-America (D1 Baseball, Collegiate Baseball News, 2021)
  • No. 30 College Prospect, 2021 (D1Baseball)
  • No. 32 MLB Draft Prospect, 2021 ( Pipeline)
  • No. 36 College MLB Draft Prospect, 2021 (Perfect Game)
  • No. 56 MLB Draft Prospect, 2021 (Baseball America)
  • No. 62 Overall MLB Draft Prospect, 2021 (Perfect Game)
  • No. 20 Second-Year College Prospect, 2021 (Perfect Game)
  • Third-Team All-America, Collegiate Baseball News (2020)
  • No. 17 Freshman Hitter (D1Baseball, 2020)
  • No. 63 Outfielder (D1Baseball, 2020)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2021)
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2020)
  • Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star (2019)
  • Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game MVP (2019)
  • No. 11 prospect in PGCBL (Perfect Game, 2019)

Started all 52 games…Batted .251 and led the team in runs (47), doubles (15), walks (28) and hit by pitch (18)…Clubbed 11 home runs and drove in 36 runs, both second-best on the team…Slugged .508 and part of a .905 OPS…Stole seven bases in eight attempts…Led the nation in outfield assists with eight and did not make an error the entire season…Had 12 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games…Had a reached base safely streak of 23 games and was riding a 17-game streak when the season ended…Reached safely in 25 of the final 26 games of the season…The 18 HBPs tied him for seventh-most in a single-season in UK history…Drew a walk and/or was hit by a pitch in 34 of 52 games…Had two four-RBI games…In the SEC Tournament vs. Florida he went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and HBP.

Played for the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders of the Northwoods League…Shared a dugout with current Cats Ryan Ritter and Zack Lee…Batted a team-best .378 in 82 at-bats…Counted seven doubles and a home run amongst his 31 hits…Scored 25 runs and drove in 20…Walked 18 times and stole six bases in six attempts…Posted a .495 on-base percentage, .500 slugging mark and .995 OPS…Ranked in the NWL’s top eight in average, runs, doubles, on-base percentage and OPS at the time his season came to an end…Had eight multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance on July 11…Posted an eight-game hitting streak…Reached base safely in 24 of 27 games.

Named Third-Team All-America and National co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News…Led the SEC and ranked second nationally in doubles with 10…Had twice as many doubles as any other freshman in the SEC…Batted .426 in 61 at bats with 11 runs, 26 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, a home run, 19 RBI and five HBP…Slugged .672 as part of an 1.157 OPS…Ranked sixth in the SEC in total hits and 10th in RBI…Led all SEC freshmen in batting average, hits, on-base percentage, doubles and total bases and ranked second in slugging percentage…The .426 average was the highest for any UK player with at least 50 at-bats since Jeff Abbott batted .445 in 1994… Hit first HR of career for a walk-off winner vs. Murray State on 3/4…Already has nine multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games…Had a career-high three hits three times.

Played for the Oneonta Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League…Appeared in 36 games, hitting .316 with 24 runs and 24 RBI…Showed impressive pop with nine doubles, three triples and three home runs among his 42 hits…Posted an OPS of .872…Stole six bases and walked 13 times…Named Most Valuable Player of the PGCBL All-Star Game after going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI…Had 12 multi-hit games, including a four-hit game and three three-hit games…Drilled two home runs and drove in a summer-high five runs in just his fifth game of the summer…Had five multi-RBI games…Had a stretch where he had hits in 12 of 13 games…Delivered eight hits in his final three games of the summer.

Named a 2019 MaxPreps Second-Team Medium Schools All-American…Named to 2019 all-state team by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association and Tennessee Baseball Report…Named to Tennessee Baseball Report’s Ultimate Nine TeamTop 500 overall player by Perfect Game…No. 157 outfielder overall and No. 16 player in Tennessee by PG… Was a 2019 Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-American and Southeast All-Region team member…Three-time All-State honoree…Led Chattanooga Christian to district titles in both baseball and basketball in 2018 and 2019…Was coached by Ben Wharton…Scored more than 1,500 career points in basketball…Owns his school’s long jump record at 21-feet, 11.5-inches…In 2019, hit .560 with 51 runs, 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 43 RBI…Played every position on the field in high school…
Full name is John Robert Rhodes…Hometown is Soddy Daisy, Tenn. … Son of Michael and Vanessa…Has an older brother, Ryan…Active in the Chattanooga Sports Ministry…Was one of first underclassman recruits to commit to Kentucky coach Nick Mingione…Was a catcher his entire life until he broke his back his freshman year of high school and was made to wear a back brace for four and a half months…Doctors told him he could never catch again so he became an outfielder…Favorite quote: “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in and not having to compare yourself to anyone at all.”

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