FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas baseball signee Andrew Benintendi was named the national high school player of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Benintendi earned the honor after hitting .564 with 12 home runs, 57 RBI, 63 runs scored and 38 stolen bases as a senior.

"It’s pretty humbling,” Benintendi told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “There is a lot of good players out there. To get this it’s pretty exciting. All the hard work has paid off.”

Benintendi - who was named Ohio's Gatorade Player of the Year — was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Benintendi told the Enquirer he was thankful to be picked by the Reds, but will play college baseball at Arkansas beginning next year.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau