The slugger, A.J. Reed, was picked up by the Astros with the #42 overall pick in the MLB draft. Reed, from the University of Kentucky, has won his fair share of awards this past season. The 6’4″, 240 pound left hander was a top two-way player at Kentucky.
Reed was an impressive pitcher last season, going 12-2 with a 2.09 era in 2014. However, Reed is better known has a power hitter. Last season he lead the nation in home runs with 23. At Kentucky he ranked third in RBIs, sixth in slugging and second in walks. Reed hit .336 with 18 doubles, one triple, 73 RBI, 49 walks and a .476 on-base percentage.
Reed has been crowned with many impressive and prestigious awards, some include the 2014 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, the 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Finalist, 2014 SEC Player of the Year, 2014 Collegiate Baseball first team All-American, 2014 first-team All SEC and the 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame National All-Star Lineup just to name a few of the many he has earned in his two year tenure.
“A.J. Reed kind of speaks for himself,” Scouting director of the Astros, Mike Elias said. “He is the SEC Player of the Year, led the nation in home runs in the toughest college baseball conference in the country. I believe he’s probably going to win the Golden Spikes Award for the best college player in the country. If you look back at the list of Golden Spikes winners, it’s a pretty impressive list of big league players.”
“He’s got a real zeal and enthusiasm for the game that’s apparent when you watch him play,” Elias was quoted. “He had a monster season. He’s got a lot of bad speed, tons of power, obviously. We think it’s going to play. I think he might have the most raw power in our system once we get him signed.”
“I hadn’t talked to the Astros that much,” Reed said, “I didn’t know they were interested. I’m just really excited and happy that they wanted to take me and let me be a part of their organization.”
The addition of Reed adds another young power prospect to the system. The Astros already have budding star George Springer and recently moved up Jon Singleton. The Astros had a strong first day of the draft selecting Brady Aiken, a left handed pitcher number one overall.
The draft continues is ongoing today but the roster for the Astros is already looking to be extremely promising, and with their recent acquisitions it’s clear that they are ready and looking forward to an even better season next. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.