UK's Reed agrees to deal with Astros

June 10, 2014 

University of Kentucky star A.J. Reed, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, told on Monday that he has agreed to a contract with the Houston Astros and will sign with the team and take his physical on Wednesday.

Reed, who led the nation in home runs (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211), was the first pick of the second round in last weekend's Major League Baseball Draft.

"I'm excited," he told "I'm glad the whole process is over and I'm excited to get out here and start over."

Reed also starred as a pitcher in college, but the Astros drafted him to play first base. He was asked if he would miss pitching.

"I don't know if that's something I can tell right now," he said. "I'm excited that I finally can focus on one area."

Reed said he's looking forward to concentrating on baseball full-time.

"I'm ready to play that full year," he said. "The past couple of summers, I didn't really hit that much, just kind of pitched. I'm ready to see what it's like playing that 60-game college season and playing another 70, 80 games in the summer and fall. I'm anxious to see how I respond to that and what it takes to do that."

Terms of Reed's deal with the Astros had not been announced. The slot value for a signing bonus for the 42nd overall pick is $1,350,000. Reed said the night he was drafted that the Astros had asked him if he would take less and he said "no."

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