2012 No. 24 prospect in the New England Collegiate League (Perfect Game) 2012 New England Collegiate League All-Star 2012 first-team All-NECBL 2011 New England Collegiate League All-Star
Outlook Had a good fall practice season and has positioned himself to compete for playing time at third base ... Has a quick bat and good hitting ability ... Has been progressing defensively since serving as the part-time starter during 2011 season ... Was a weapon off the bench as a pinch hitter in 2012 and added a potent bat to the UK lineup late in the season ... Started eight games after May and shined during the NCAA Tournament ... Drove in the walk-off run against Arkansas and closer Nolan Sanburn as a freshman.
Summer Had a great summer in the New England Collegiate League for the second consecutive summer, earning all-star honors ... Finished second in the home run derby at the all-star game ... Played in 31 games during the summer, with a .361 average (44-for-122) with 11 doubles, one triple, four homers and 22 RBI, stealing four bases ... To end his summer, hit homers in the last two games of the year.
2012 Played in 20 games with eight starts, serving as a valuable left-handed hitting option off the bench ... Batted .323 (10-for-31) with a double and two RBI ... Laid down two sacrifice bunts and hung a sacrifice fly ... Emerged late in the year as an option in the lineup, seeing starts as the designated hitter against righties ... Played in six games with five starts in SEC play, batting .417 (5-for-12) with a double and an RBI ... Hit .263 (5-for-19) in non-conference play ... Was 7-for-14 in games played at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... Hit .286 (4-for-14) with runners on base and .333 (3-for-9) with runners in scoring position ... First 10 appearances of the year came as pinch-hit at bats ... Collected pinch-hit singles in three consecutive games ... Got first start of the year vs. No. 5 Florida, going 2-for-3 ... Got second start vs. Alabama, going 2-for-3 with an RBI ... Just missed a game-tying homer with a hard-hit, deep fly out against the warning track at Murray State ... Went 1-for-2 with a double at Mississippi State ... Came off the bench in the NCAA Tournament opener vs. No. 25 Kent State, going 1-fo-2 with two walks, including narrowly missing two long drive fouls that sailed over the fence ... Started the final three games of the NCAA Tournament, getting a hit and two runs vs. Valpo ... Earned All-Star honors in the New England Collegiate Baseball League while playing for the Holyoke Blue Sox ... Played in 33 games, batting .341 (31-for-91) with 10 runs, one double, 15 RBI and a 9-16 walk-strikeout ratio ... Led the Blue Sox to the NECBL Playoffs.
2011 Served as part-time starter at second base, along with fellow UK freshmen J.T. Riddle and Matt Reida ... Batted .152 (8-for-46) in 23 games and 12 starts ... Notched one RBI and had a 6-6 walk-strikeout ratio, also getting hit by four pitches ... Appeared in 12 SEC games with four starts, batting .053 (1-for-19) ... Had a five-game hitting streak and a stretch of six consecutive games reaching base safely ... Made 11 starts at second base and one as the designated hitter ... Hit primarily in the bottom of the order, batting No. 6 twice and No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 three times each ... Made one start in the No. 3 spot ... Came off the bench to make his collegiate debut in UK's win at Morehead State ... Collected first career hit and RBI vs. Eastern Michigan on Feb. 23 ... Scored a career-high two runs vs. UIC, Eastern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State ... Biggest at bat of the year came as a pinch hitter vs. No. 12 Arkansas in the bottom of the ninth inning, appearing at the plate during a driving rain against Arkansas flame-throwing closer Nolan Sanburn, chopping a infield single that put UK in position for the walk-off run.
High School Earned four letters for coach Doug Polston at Halls High School ... Named all-state, all-region and all-district as a senior ... Named all-district three years ... Hit .486 with 14 doubles, nine homers, 42 RBI and nine stolen bases as a senior ... Had a .482 average with 12 doubles, seven homers and 35 RBI, stealing eight bases in 2009 as a junior ... Set the school record for most doubles in a season (14) and the most double plays turned in a season (12) ... Led team to the district championship all four years, finishing as region runner-up as a senior ... ... Played football freshman and sophomore years ... Member of the National Honor Society in 2008 and 2009.
Personal Full name is Paul Michael McConkey ... Son of Mike McConkey and Janet McConkey ... Born on Aug. 5, 1991 in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Has an older sister, Emilee (25) ... Father played baseball at Tennessee and sister played softball at Austin Peay.