Kentucky junior third baseman JaVon Shelby was tabbed a third-team preseason Louisville Slugger All-American on Tuesday.

Shelby’s selection marks the fourth consecutive season UK has had a preseason All-America Team member. In 2014, right-hander Kyle Cody, a senior in 2015, was tabbed a preseason All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Shelby is coming off a dynamic 2015 season as UK’s second baseman, earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitter, finished with a .312 average (63-for-202) with nine homers and 44 RBI as a sophomore in 2015. Shelby had a .525 slugging percentage and ranked ninth in the SEC with a .442 on-base percentage. Defensively, Shelby led all SEC second baseman for the second consecutive year in assists. As a freshman in 2014, Shelby earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors, hitting .250 with four homers and 21 RBI.

JaVon comes from a baseball family that includes his father John T., an 11-year MLB veteran and the first-base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and his brother John, who belted 33 homers and drive in 131 runs during 2004-06 for the Wildcats. John earned All-SEC honors in 2006 after leading UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to the first SEC Championship in school history. Combined, the Shelby family has hit 46 home runs for the Kentucky program, driving in 196 runs. The youngest of the Shelby brothers, slugging outfielder Jaren, signed his National Letter of Intent with Kentucky in November and is regarded as one of the top 50 high school players available for the 2016 MLB Draft.

UK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS (since 1999)

1999 – John Wilson, C

– Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball

2007 – Collin Cowgill, OF

– Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2007 – Sean Coughlin, C

– Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2007 – Greg Dombrowski, RHSP

– NCBWA

2010 – Chris Bisson, 2B

– Baseball America

2013 – Austin Cousino, OF

– Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2013 – Corey Littrell, LHSP

– Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

2013 – AJ Reed, UT

– NCBWA

2014 – AJ Reed, UT

– Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game

2014 – Austin Cousino, OF

– Baseball America

2015 – Kyle Cody, RHSP

– Baseball America, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball 

2016 – JaVon Shelby, 3B

– Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

RHP Alex Lange (Louisiana St.)

RHP Mike Shawaryn (Maryland)

LHP A.J. Puk (Florida)

RHP Logan Shore (Florida)

RHP Kyle Funkhouser (Louisville)

RHP Kevin Hill (South Alabama)

Relief Zack Burdi (Louisville)

Relief Zach Jackson (Arkansas)

C Zack Collins (Miami, Fla.)

1B/P Carmen Benedetti (Michigan)

2B Stefan Trosclair (Louisiana-Lafayette)

3B Will Craig (Wake Forest)

SS Michael Paez (Coastal Carolina)

OF Buddy Reed (Florida)

OF Nick Banks (Texas A&M)

OF Corey Ray (Louisville)

UT Brendan McKay (Louisville)

SECOND TEAM

LHP Justin Sinibaldi (Nicholls St.)

RHP Bryan Young (Missouri St.)

LHP Jared Poche’ (Louisiana St.)

RHP Andrew Lantrip (Houston)

RHP Mitchell Traver (Texas Christian)

LHP Luke Gillingham (Navy)

RHP Alec Hansen (Oklahoma)

RHP Connor Jones (Virginia)

RHP Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt)

RHP Robert Tyler (Georgia)

RHP Daulton Jefferies (California)

Relief Ben Bowden (Vanderbilt)

Relief Nolan Blackwood (Memphis)

Relief Ian Hamilton (Washington St.)

Relief Bryan Garcia (Miami, Fla.)

C Chris Okey (Clemson)

C J.J. Schwarz (Florida)

1B Ryan Rippee (S.E. Missouri St.)

1B K.J. Harrison (Oregon St.)

1B Ryan Tinkman (Wichita St.)

2B Nate Mondou (Wake Forest)

3B Bobby Dalbec (Arizona)

SS Colby Woodmansee (Arizona St.)

SS Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma)

OF Kyle Lewis (Mercer)

OF Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt)

OF Heath Quinn (Samford)

UT Corbin Olmstead (North Florida)

THIRD TEAM

RHP Zach Plesac (Ball St.)

LHP Christian Stolo (Nevada)

LHP Jacob Hendren (Illinois St.)

RHP Chris Mathewson (Long Beach St.)

RHP Joseph Camacho (Alabama St.)

RHP Michael Baumann (Jacksonville)

LHP Matt Krook (Oregon)

RHP Cal Quantrill (Stanford)

Relief Mark Ecker (Texas A&M)

Relief Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s)

Relief Dylan Moore (Louisiana-Lafayette)

Relief J.D. Busfield (Loyola Marymount)

Relief Zac Ryan (Georgia Tech.)

Relief Collin Kober (McNeese St.)

C Matt Thaiss (Virginia)

C Andrew Knizner (N.C. State)

1B Nick Rivera (Florida Gulf Coast)

1B Charley Gould (William & Mary)

1B Collin Carroll (Alcorn St.)

1B Kevin Phillips (East Tennessee St.)

2B Trevor Ezell (Southeast Missouri St.)

2B Tyler Fullerton (Belmont)

2B Mike Garzillo (Lehigh)

3B Carl Stajduhar (New Mexico)

3B Jake Burger (Missouri St.)

3B JaVon Shelby (Kentucky)

3B Nick Senzel (Tennessee)

SS Garrett Hampson (Long Beach St.)

SS Stephen Alemais (Tulane)

SS Danny Sheehan (San Diego St.)

SS C.J. Chatham (Florida Atlantic)

OF Gio Brusa (Pacific)

OF Kyle Nowlin (Eastern Kentucky)

OF Michael Morman (Richmond)

OF Jeren Kendall (Vanderbilt)

UT Cole Hallum (Campbell)