|46 Keenan Wiley
- 2008 Cape Cod League Summer All-Star
Three-year starter in the outfield, enters his second season as UK's centerfielder ... Speedy slap hitter is a defensive weapon with his speed, range and instincts in centerfield ... A threat to run on the bases ... A career .300 hitter in over 150 career games ... Is less than 100 at bats shy of cracking the UK top-10 for career at bats ... Has hit successfully in the No. 1 or No. 9 spots in the order ... In three years and 23 games against schools from the state of Kentucky or from Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Xavier), has batted .418 (28-for-67) with eight RBI and seven walks ... Had a walk-off homer in the 11th inning against Louisville in 2008, his first career home run.
Joined UK catcher Marcus Nidiffer and former UK shortstop Chris Wade on the Harwich Mariners in the prestigious Cape Cod League ... Played in 35 games with two doubles and two RBI, scoring 19 runs, while playing in Harwich's large ballpark ... Laid down a team-best five sacrifice bunts ... Drew 13 walks and struck out 20 times, stealing 2-of-5 bags ... Was on the same team as LSU outfielder Leon Landry, Vanderbilt standout Joe Loftus, Auburn center fielder Trent Mummey, Mississippi State first baseman Connor Powers and Florida State infielder Stuart Tapley ... LSU's Daniel Bradshaw and Vanderbilt's Chase Reid helped form the Harwich pitching staff.
In his third year as a starting outfielder, batted .251 (49-for-195) with 29 runs scored, three doubles, four homers and 24 RBI, stealing 11-of-12 bases and drawing 18 walks with 29 strikeouts ... Started 52 of UK's 54 games, including all 30 in SEC play ... Finished with a .338 on-base percentage ... Hit better in SEC play, totaling a .271 (29-for-107) average, with two doubles, three homers and 15 RBI ... Batted .227 (20-for-88) in non-conference games ...Finished with a .227 (25-for-110) average in 30 games played at Cliff Hagan Stadium, belting all four of his homers in Lexington ... In 19 road games, finished with a .267 (20-for-75) average ... Hit .282 (29-for-103) in games UK won and .217 (20-for-92) in games UK lost ... 30 games deep into 2009, had a .238 (25-for-105) average, with one double and just five RBI ... In the last 30 games of the year hit .261 (29-for-111) with 17 runs scored, two doubles, four homers and 19 RBI ... Was .284 (27-for-95) with runners on base and .286 (20-for-70) with runners in scoring position ... Had eight two-out RBI ... Reached on a fielder's choice 10 times, the second-most on the club ... Performed best in five games as the lead-off hitter, batting .353 (6-for-17) with four walks and just two strikeouts, stealing 2-of-2 bases ... With injuries striking the UK lineup, hit out of position in the No. 3 spot in the UK order in 14 games, batting .232 (13-for-56) with nine runs, one doubles and five RBI ... Batted in the No. 6 spot in 17 games and the No. 7 spot in 13 contests ... Went 2-for-3 with two walks in the season-opener against Troy ... Had 12 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games ... Had two three-hit games, in the rubber match at Mississippi State and against Western Michigan ... Had three RBI in the win over Mississippi State on getaway day ... Hit two solo homers in the series opener against Georgia ... Had homers against Lipscomb and Tennessee, with his homer against UT coming as a three-run jack ... Stole two bases against Eastern Kentucky and Lipscomb.
Center and leftfielder in 2008, shifting to centerfield when injuries limited first-team All-American Collin Cowgill to left field ... Hit .327 (83-for-254) in all 63 games, starting 60 ... 254 at bats led the team ... Primarily batted leadoff or in the nine hole ... Belted 13 doubles, two triples, two homers and 38 RBI ... Hit a walk-off, 12th-inning home run in UK's win over Louisville, his first career home run ...Totaled a 4-for-6, two RBI game vs. Louisville, including a double ...Threw a runner out at the plate, attempting to score on a single, in the win over UL ... Had two four hit games on the year, including a 4-for-5, one-RBI game vs. MSU ... Had a five-RBI, 3-for-5 day vs. Butler and a 3-for-5, four RBI night vs. Butler ... Hit second career home run into the right-centerfield party deck vs. LSU ... In his 60 starts in 2008, reached base safely in 57 games ...Totaled 23 multi-hit games, 10 multi-RBI games and ran up a 15-game hit streak, second best on the team ... Hit .323 in SEC games, with eight doubles, a triple, a homer and 13 RBI ... Stole 7-of-14 bases on the year ... Added three outfield assists on the year ...Took a hard-luck error in the SEC Tournament as a routine single took an atrocious hop and sailed away behind him ... Earned All-Star honors in the prestigious Cape Cod League during the summer, playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox ... Played in 44 games, batting .268 (45-for-168) with 22 runs scored, a team-high 10 doubles and 11 RBI ... Drew eight walks and struck out 28 times ... After succeeding in 7-for-14 stolen base opportunities as a sophomore in 2008 for UK, stole 12-of-12 bases in the Cape ... Got hit by six pitches and laid down two sacrifice bunts ... Reached base at a .324 clip ... With Y-D running out of pitchers in a blowout game, Wiley toed the rubber for the first time since high school, getting the final two outs of the game, allowing two hits and striking out one.
Speedy outfielder, emerged as a weapon late in the season ... For the early portion of the season, served as a late-game defensive replacement before getting first career starting assignment against Tennessee ... Coaches were seeking an offensive and defensive spark in game three of the Tennessee series and Wiley delivered in his first career start, a 1-for-4, one stolen base day... Solid defender, committed only one error on the season ... Followed UT performance up with two starting assignments against No. 1 Vanderbilt ... Broke up a David Price (No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft) no-hitter in the seventh inning with a seeing-eye single ... Ran up a five-game hit streak after registering his first start ... After getting the nod against Tennessee, batted .415 (17-for-41) in his next 10 games ... Had a 4-for-5 day against Morehead State ... Tallied nine multi-hit games ... Ended the season with a four-game hit streak ... Batted 2-for-4 as a pinch hitter ... Hit .333 (10-for-30) with runners in scoring position ... Struck out looking only two times all season (20 total) ... With runners on base, hit for a .362 (13-for-47) average.
Played for coach Steve Roof at Madison Central High School ... Led team to four straight District 43 championships ... A two-way player, he batted .349 as a senior while posting a 7-1 record on the mound ... As a junior, hit .447 ... A threat on the basepaths, he stole 43 bases in career, including 26 as a senior ... An excellent student, had 3.79 grade-point average.
Full name is Keenan Lee Wiley ... Parents are Tim and Kim Wiley ... Has two brothers, Casey (24) and Josh Singleton (30) ... Both parents attended Kentucky ... Born on April 27, 1987 in Lexington, Ky.