2013 preseason No. 42 NCAA junior (Perfect Game) 2013 preseason 10th-best SEC prospect for 2013 MLB Draft (Baseball America) 2013 preseason 36th-best NCAA junior (Baseball America) 2013 NCBWA preseason third-team All-America 2013 Louisville Slugger preseason second-team All-America 2013 preseason No. 39 MLB Draft eligible NCAA prospect (Baseball America) 2013 preseason 44th-best NCAA player (College Baseball Daily) 2012 No. 22 prospect in the Cape Cod League (Baseball America) 2012 No. 35 prospect in the Cape Cod League (Perfect Game) 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove (NCAA's best defensive pitcher) 2012 second-team All-SEC (SP) 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year semifinalist SEC Freshman of the Week (3/14/11) 35th round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft (Nationals)
Outlook One of the top pitchers in college baseball, returns as an All-SEC starter, a semifinalist for the 2012 pitcher of the year award and as the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner as the nation's top defensive pitcher ... Is a polished left-hander with an extremely competitive, poised and focused demeanor on the mound ... Owns an arsenal of pitches with a low 90s fastball and tremendous command of his secondary offerings ... Was utterly dominant as the Sunday starter for UK in 2012 ... Won the fourth-most games in UK history in 2012, with the eighth-best ERA in school annals ... UK went a team-best 13-3 in his 16 starts ... Led UK to wins in six consecutive Sunday rubber-match or series-sweep games (vs. No. 2 S. Carolina, at Tennessee, at No. 18 Georgia, vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, at No. 9 Arkansas, vs. No. 1 LSU), going 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA in that span ... Carried a 9-0 record into 2012's final weekend ... Led the SEC in pickoffs, ranking near the top in every pitching category ... Worked 10 quality starts a sophomore.
Summer Made eight starts during the summer for Harwich in the Cape Cod League ... Owned a 1-3 record and a 5.11 ERA, tossing 39 innings, allowing 13 walks and 34 hits, striking out 52 ... In his first start of the summer on June 17, worked four hitless innings with eight strikeouts ... Tossed seven innings in a hard-luck loss vs. Cotuit on July 22, allowing two runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts ... Ranked sixth in the league in strikeouts at the end of the summer.
2012 Was a force for the Wildcats as the Sunday starter, posting one of the best seasons in school history ... Made 16 starts, with a 9-2 record and a 2.74 ERA ... Won the 2012 ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove Award, given to the NCAA's top defensive pitcher, the second former UK player all-time to win the honor ... Was named second-team All-SEC and a semifinalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame NCAA Pitcher of the Year Award ... Tossed team highs in innings pitched (98.2), wins, strikeouts (87) and ERA ... Allowed 104 hits and 30 earned runs, walking 25 and allowing a .286 opponent average ... Won the fourth-most games in UK single-season history ... Was just the fourth nine-or-more game winner in program history ... Just UK's second player to win nine-or-more-game since 1987 ... Had the eighth-best ERA in UK history ... UK was 13-3 in his starts ... With a 15-8 career record, has the ninth-best winning percentage (.612) in career annals ... Tossed 10 quality starts, with a 9-1 record and a 1.48 ERA in his quality starts, tossing 67 innings, allowing 61 hits and 15 walks, striking out 57 ... Was just the eighth player in UK history to earn All-SEC pitching honors and the third player since 1997 ... For six consecutive weeks to open SEC play, won the series finale for UK, with five of his six starts going as rubber matches and the other as a sweep of the two-time defending NCAA Champion, No. 2 South Carolina ... Went 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA in that six-start stretch to open league play in the highest of pressure situations ... Ranked seventh in the SEC in ERA, sixth in innings pitched, sixth in strikeouts, third in wins and first in runners picked off (seven) ... In 10 SEC starts, went 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 61.1 innings, walking 15 and striking out 46 ... In 11 starts against SEC foes, had a 6-2 record and a 2.94 ERA in 67.1 innings, walking 17 and striking out 52 ... In six non-conference starts, went 3-1, 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings, allowing 30 hits and 10 walks, striking out 41 ... In eight starts at Cliff Hagan, went 4-0 with a 3.14 ERA, with 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings ... Was 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts on the road in 36.2 innings, walking eight and striking out 31 ... Made 13 starts where UK won, with a 9-0 record and a 2.39 ERA in 83 innings, walking 20 and striking out 71 ... Did not make a non-day-game start ... Was 1-0, 2.77 ERA in February (two starts), 2-0, 1.61 ERA in March (four starts), 3-0, 2.90 ERA in April (five starts) and 2-2, 3.24 ERA in May (four starts) ... Worked seven shutout, two-hit innings in his season debut at USC Upstate, allowing one walk with eight strikeouts ... Allowed four runs in six innings vs. Buffalo in 2012 home debut ... Worked six shutout innings vs. UIC, with sevn strikeouts and two hits allowed ... Surrendered a run in five innings with eight strikeouts vs. Canisius ... Worked 5.1 innings vs. No. 2 South Carolina to help UK clinch the sweep ... In a rubber match at Tennessee, worked six shutout innings, allowing four hits in road SEC series opener ... Tossed 7.2 innings with one run allowed in a rubber-match win at No. 18 Georgia ... Went six innings and allowed two runs in a rubber-match win over No. 10 Ole Miss ... Picked up fourth rubber-match win in a row with 6.1 innings at No. 9 Arkansas, allowing one run ... Surrendered five runs in 5.2 innings vs. No. 1 LSU as UK won the series ... Worked 5.1 innings and allowed one run at Vanderbilt ... Worked a gem vs. No. 5 Florida to salvage a series, taking a shutout into the ninth inning before allowing a leadoff solo homer, with Trevor Gott closing it out to improve Litrell to 7-0 ... Improved to 8-0 with 6.2 innings vs. Alabama, allowing one run ... Had the worst start of 2012 at MSU, with UK needing to win to clinch the SEC regular-season title, allowing seven runs - five earned - in 4.1 innings, striking out six ... Rebounded in the SEC Tournament vs. No. 21 MSU but suffered the hard-luck 2-1 loss with six innings and two runs allowed ... With UK's pitching staff destroyed due to a 21-inning NCAA Tournament opening game and facing host, No. 15 Purdue in an elimination game, worked into the eighth inning of a 6-3 UK win, allowing seven this and three runs, walking two and striking out seven.
2011 Was dominating at times as a true freshman in a vital role on the pitching staff ... Appeared in 16 games with 13 starts, posting a 6-6 record and a 6.95 ERA ... Hurled 68.2 innings, allowing 29 walks and 51 strikeouts ... In his five non-conference starts, had a 4-0 record and a 2.89 ERA, striking out 21 in 28 innings ... Tossed four quality starts with six total starts that put UK in a position to win, posting a 5-0 record and a 2.68 ERA in those six starts, tossing 37 innings with 23 strikeouts ... In his four quality starts, went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 25.1 innings ... Went 2-5 with a 8.45 ERA in nine games and eight starts vs. the SEC, tossing 38.1 innings in league play with 27 strikeouts ... Went 4-1 with a 5.04 ERA in seven appearances and five starts vs. non-league foes, hurling 30.1 innings, with 24 strikeouts ... Had a 6-2 record and a 4.94 ERA in nine starts at Cliff Hagan Stadium, tossing 51 innings ... Went 0-4 with a 11.21 ERA in six games and four starts on the road ... Was 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA in seven starts that UK won, tossing 39.2 innings, with 12 walks and 31 strikeouts ... Was 0-6 with a 12.10 ERA in nine games and six starts that UK lost ... Was 4-3 with a 7.16 ERA in 11 games and eight starts in day games ... Was 2-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five night games, all starts ... Went 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in the month of March ... Was 6-5 with a 6.06 ERA as a starter, striking out 45 in 65.1 innings ... Went 0-1 with a 24.30 ERA in three games out of the bullpen, allowing 10 runs in 3.1 innings ... Had a team-high four pickoffs ... Came on in relief in UK's season-opener at College of Charleston, tossing 2.1 innings, allowing five runs ... Made first career start vs. Eastern Michigan in the home opener, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing two hits and two runs ... Next start vs. Eastern Kentucky on March 8, Littrell went seven innings, allowing three hits and one run ... Tossed six innings with one run allowed vs. Cincinnati ... As a tryout of sorts for the weekend rotation in place of a scuffling Jordan Cooper, tossed three shutout innings vs. Tennessee Tech on March 29, striking out three ... Made first career SEC start a few days later on April 2, allowing two runs in six innings at the two-time defending NCAA Champions ... Tossed a brilliant outing vs. No. 12 Arkansas on April 23, allowing one run in 5.2 innings of a 5-3 UK win, starting the game before a weather delay postponed the contest until Sunday, with Littrell returning to action ... Started and won vs. Georgia on May 14, allowing four runs in six innings with six strikeouts ... With UK's scheduled starter, Cooper, stuck in the hotel room with food poisoning in the regular-season finale, Littrell was pushed into service at Florida on May 21, allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings of an eventual 19-3 loss.
High School Considered the top prospect in the state, winner of the Louisville Slugger Kentucky High School Player of the Year award, announced by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association ... One of 48 state winners nationwide for the Louisville Slugger award, which was presented at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory ... As a senior, Littrell posted an 8-3 record and a 1.90 ERA on the mound, hurling seven complete games and striking out 101 in 77.1 innings, walking only 21 ... At the plate as a senior, hit .333 (33-for-99) with one homer and 19 RBI, stealing 12-of-12 bases ... Had a stretch of outstanding pitching performances in 12 days, beating the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the state with wins away from home against Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington Catholic and Eastern (Louisville) ... As a junior posted an 8-2 record and a 0.14 ERA ... Went 6-0 on the mound as a sophomore ... Named first-team all-state as a junior and senior ... Coached by Steven Tompkins ... "Corey is a big reason we have been so successful these past few years," Tompkins said. "His hard work and dedication to the sport of baseball is paying off. He will be a tremendous asset to the University of Kentucky and a great ambassador for their program. I know he will succeed at the next level." ... Led team to the district championship in 2008 and 2010, claiming a region runner-up finish in 2010 ... Three-time all-district selection ... Selected to the East-Coast Professional Showcase in Lakewood, Fla., playing for the Oakland Athletics team coached by Athletics scout Rich Sparks ... Was a preseason 2010 Louisville Slugger High School All-American... Played basketball as a freshman ... A four-year academic honor roll member.
Personal Full name is Corey David Littrell ... Son of Jack Littrell and Kathy Perkins ... Born March 21, 1992 in Louisville, Ky. ... Father played baseball in the Dodgers and Expos organization, while grandfather played for the Cubs and the Philadelphia Athletics