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Kent Richard Matthes

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Kent Matthes was a consensus All-American.

Matthes hit .446 as a high school junior, earning Aflac All-American honors. His senior year, he batted .409 with 10 homers and 39 RBI in 23 games, earning All-State honors. Kent hit only .200 with one homer in 55 games as a college freshman.

As a starter his sophomore year, Matthes hit .307/.350/.452 with eight home runs. He had a 11-game RBI streak, second-longest in Alabama school history. That summer, he was named MVP of the Winter Pines Warthogs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League, leading the loop with 7 dingers. His junior year, Matthes batted .303/.361/.504 with 11 homers and 52 RBI in 61 games. In an exhibition series against a Cuban team, Matthes was the only player on either side to go yard in the 3-game tourney.

As a senior, Matthes was one of the best players in college ball, batting .358/.461/.858 with 28 home runs, 67 runs and 81 RBI in 57 games. He stole 13 bases in 15 tries and had 7 outfield assists and no errors. He set Alabama's single-season school record for homers, breaking Doug Duke's 23-year-old record of 27. He led the Southeastern Conference in homers, RBI, total bases (174) and slugging and was named SEC Player of the Year. He and Jason Kipnis were the only consensus All-American outfielders that year. Kent was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy. He was third in NCAA Division I in slugging, tied Bryce Brentz for the most home runs and tied for 11th in RBI.

The Colorado Rockies took him in the fourth round of the 2009 amateur draft. Signed by scout Damon Iannelli, Matthes made his pro debut with the Tri-City Dust Devils and hit .289/.364/.456. He led the Northwest League with 23 doubles. Baseball America named him the best power prospect and #28 overall prospect in the Colorado chain.

Kent stated 2010 badly, hitting only .185/.261/.333 after 21 games for the Asheville Tourists while missing time with a knee injury.

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