2013 NECBL Summer All-Star SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013) 2013 preseason 94th-best NCAA draft-eligible prospect (Baseball America) 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List 47th round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft (White Sox) SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll (2011) Outlook Four-year starter in the middle infield, enters his third year as the everyday shortstop ... Has started 118 straight Kentucky games at shortstop ... Is coming off the best year of his career, developing an offensive skill set that ended with a career-long 10-game hitting streak to finish 2013 ... A slick-fielding shortstop has tremendous range and an ability to dominate the average play up the middle ... Puts his body in good positions with great instincts and timing up the middle ... Has an accurate throwing arm and quick hands ... At the plate, has become an opposite-field, line-drive hitter with a top-of-the-order skill set ... Was on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List in 2012, given to the top shortstop in college baseball ... Has worked diligently during the 2013 offseason to add strength, putting 15-20 pounds of muscle onto his frame ... Plays the game with a hard-nosed mentality, with a fierce competitiveness ... Has great bunting skills, ranking fourth in UK career history with 24 sac bunts ... Defensive prowess has helped lead UK up the middle for last two years, ranking second among SEC shortstops over 2012-13 in defensive assists (369) and third in assists per game (3.13).
Summer Had an all-star summer in the New England Collegiate League ... Hit .273 (27-for-99) in 30 games, after joining the team following the MLB Draft in June ... Played in the Cape Cod League in 2012 but did not have a summer assignment until the draft concluded ... Had five doubles in 30 games, with five RBI and 11 steals in 12 attempts ... Worked an 11-20 walk-strikeout ratio ... Was named the starting shortstop for the NECBL All-Star Game on July 21.
2013 Had the best season of his career in his third year as an every day starter ... Started all 55 games at shortstop, seeing time outside of the No. 9 spot in the order for the first time in his career ... Hit a career-high .242 (48-for-198) with seven doubles, one triple and 20 RBI ... Owned the best walk-strikeout ratio of his career, 25-31 ... Laid down nine sacrifice bunts, stealing 5-of-8 bases ... Fielded a career-best .949, with 66 putouts and 175 assists ... Finished his season with a career-long 11-game hitting streak, hitting .350 (14-for-40) during the streak, striking out just five times and fielding .982 ... 11-game hit streak eclipsed his previous career high of four games ... Reached base safely in 46 of 55 games in 2013 ... Despite one game as the leadoff hitter at Missouri, hit in the bottom half of the order, including No. 7 (three), No. 8 (37) and No. 9 (14) ... Hit .290 in balls in play ... Hit .288 (19-or-66) with runners in scoring position, with 20 RBI and a 15-9 walk-strikeout ratio, sporting a .427 on-base percentage ... Laid down 10 bunts in 2013, with all 10 effective (nine sac bunts & one bunt single) ... Hit .198 in 30 SEC games (20-for-101) with five doubles, seven RBI and an 11-15 walk-strikeout ratio ... In non-SEC games, batted .294 with two doubles, one triple and 13 RBI ... Batted .265 in home games and .192 on the road ... In games UK won, hit .276, batting .205 in games UK lost ... Hit a season-high .318 in the month of May ... Batted .351 over the last 10 games of the year ... Had eight multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games ... Had a pair of career-high three hit games, including vs. Niagara in Feb and in a win over No. 15 Indiana in May ... Drew two-walk games three times ... Had multi strike out games just four times in 2013, after striking out at least twice 16 times over his first two years ... Ranked sixth in the SEC in defensive assists and was fourth among SEC shortstops ... Had a tremendous summer in the Cape Cod League with the Harwich Mariners ... Played in 41 games with a .258 average (40-for-155) with four doubles, two triples, three homers and 16 RBI ... Stole eight bases ... Led Harwich to the CCBL Playoffs ... Showed tremendous range throughout the summer in what has become a calling card of his defensive skill set, ranking third in the CCBL in assists (J.T. Riddle ranked first) ... Had a 5-for-6 game on July 16 ... Went 4-for-5 on June 21 with two triples and a homer.
2012 Had a strong season as UK's everyday shortstop and No. 9 hitter ... Tied the record for the most games played and started in program history ... Helped the UK defense set school records for fielding percentage, putouts and defensive assists ... With 195 assists in 2012, had the third-most of any UK infielder in program history, behind the school-record 224 assists from Ryan Wilkes in 2006 ... Played in all 63 games, batting .239 (51-for-213) with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and 22 RBI ... Stole 4-of-5 bases ... Fielded .958 with 13 errors and 101 putouts ... Batted .212 (21-for-99) in SEC games, with three doubles and four RBI ... In 33 games against SEC opponents, hit .194 (21-for-108) with three doubles and four RBI ... Collected 11 multi-hit games, four multi-RBI games ... Had a streak of 12 games of reaching base safely ... Laid down a total of 15 bunts, with six going as bunt singles and 10 as sacrifice bunts ... In non-conference games, batted .263 (30-for-114) with five doubles, one triple, two homers and 18 RBI, stealing three bases ... In home games, batted .22 (26-for-114) with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 12 RBI ... In road games, batted .257 (19-for-74) with two doubles, one homer and four RBI ... Played in 45 games that UK won, with a .259 average, adding seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 21 RBI ... In games UK lost, batted .182 ... Hit .242 in 43 day games and .234 in night games ... Hit .257 in the month of March ... Opened up the year on a season-long four-game hitting streak, including a three-RBI game vs. Eastern Michigan ... Collected three-hit games vs. Marshall, Canisius, at No. 18 Georgia and vs. Dayton ... Hit a homer vs. Dayton and at Indiana ... Played in the highly competitive Northwoods League for the Mankato Moondogs during the summer, helping lead his team to the playoffs ... Hit .214 (40-for-187) in 60 games, with six doubles, three triples, one homer and 22 RBI ... Drew 20 walks and struck out 64 times, stealing 10 bases ... Starred during the playoffs, batting .467 (7-for-15) in five games, with two RBI and a stolen base ... Had a 4-for-4 game in the playoffs vs. Alexandria ... Had a three-hit game at Brainerd on Aug. 2, with his first homer of the summer.
2011 Part-time starter at second base as a true freshman, appearing in 40 games with 27 starts ... Led the team in starts at second base ... Batted .218 (17-for-78) with 13 runs, two doubles, six RBI and a 12-26 walk-strikeout ratio ... Posted a .344 on-base percentage ... Laid down five sacrifice bunts, stealing 1-of-3 bases ... Hit .225 (9-for-40) in SEC play, with one RBI and a .311 on-base percentage ... Hit .267 (8-for-30) with one RBI in 11 road games ... Made a team-best 27 starts at second base, hitting No. 9 in all 27 starts ... Had two three-hit games and one two-RBI contest ... Had a six-game stretch of reaching base safely ... UK's opening-day starter at second base, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts at No. 20 College of Charleston ... Had the best offensive game of his career in his second career start at Morehead State, batting 3-for-5 with an RBI and a career-high two runs scored ... Went 1-for-1 with a career-high two walks in the opener of the 2011 Houston College Classic against No. 17 Rice at Minute Maid Park ... Came on as a late-inning defensive replacement at second base 12 times ... In a pressure-filled situation at Alabama, came up with a clutch slash-bunt single in the late innings ... Went 3-for-3 with an RBI to key a series win over No. 12 Arkansas ... Scored two runs on one hit and a walk in UK's win over No. 4 Florida on May 20 ... Made a clutch defensive play in a bases-loaded one-out situation vs. No. 12 Arkansas, fielding a chopping grounder on the run while playing in at second base, throwing to home to get the force out on the game-tying run.
High School Earned four letters for coach Ty Calloway at Western High School ... Hit nine homers as a senior ... In 2009, hit .429 with 36 hits, 32 runs, six doubles, three homers, 17 RBI and 10 stolen bases ... Was a teammate with UK sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers on the Midland Redskins, helping lead them to the 2009 Connie Mack World Series Title in Farmington, N.M. ... In 2010, led Midland back to the national championship ... A four-year letterwinner in basketball, led team to the conference and sectional championship as a freshman.
Personal Full name is Matthew Joseph Reida ... Son of Chad Reida and Shelly Reida ... Has two siblings, brother Tad (25) and sister Tiffany (23) ... Brother played baseball at Wichita State and Indiana and was a former assistant coach at West Virginia ... Sister played basketball at Indiana State.