Minor-league notes: Reed hits 2nd HR; Meyer strikes out 10; Duvall homers twice

dvarney@herald-leader.comJuly 9, 2014 

Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed hit the second home run of his minor-league career in short-season Class A Tri-City’s 18-4 loss to Connecticut on Tuesday.

Reed, who a second-round pick by the Houston Astros in the MLB Draft in June, also doubled and was 3-for-4 with three RBI. That gave him six RBI in the past two games.

“The at-bat before I just missed a fastball, so I didn’t want to be late, so I was gearing up for a fastball,” Reed told the Troy Record about his home run. “He threw me three at that at-bat. So it was kind of an advantage count, so I kind of put a good swing on it and hit it hard.”

Reed is 9-for-17 with two doubles, three walks and a home run in is his past five games. The five-game hitting streak has boosted his batting average to .277 for the season. He also has a .396 on-base percentage and 17 RBI in 22 games.

Adam Duvall (Butler, U of L) hit a pair of three-run homers Triple-A Fresno’s 14-2 win against Sacramento. Duvall, a San Francisco Giants prospect, is batting .313 with 25 home runs and 76 RBI in 70 games.

Alex Meyer (UK), who on Monday was added to the roster for the upcoming All-Star Futures Game, gave up two runs and struck out 10 batters in six innings but did not get a decision in Triple-A Rochester’s 3-2 win against Buffalo on Tuesday.

Meyer, a Minnesota Twins prospect, is 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA. He has an International League-leading 103 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings over 18 starts.

Lance Ray (UK) was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and an RBI triple in Double-A New Britain’s 10-2 win at New Hampshire in the completion of a weather-suspended game. Andy Burns (UK) was 1-for-2, including his 15th double of the season, for New Hampshire.

Matt Reida (UK) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays’ 6-4 win against the Red Sox. Reida’s batting .267 with four RBI in nine games.

Cody Forsythe (Marshall County) pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings, giving up no hits or walks and striking out two, to earn his first victory of the season for Class A Advanced Clearwater, a 3-2 winner against Tampa.

Forsythe, a Philadelphia Phillies prospect, is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances for the Threshers.

Adam Engel (U of L) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and his 21st stolen base in the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators’ 12-2 win at Greensboro.

Tanner Norton (Bishop Brossart) had an RBI single and a double in the rookie-level Arizona League Brewers’ 5-3 win against the Giants. Norton is batting .271 with five RBI in 12 games.

Austin Cousino (UK) was 1-for-4 with two steals and a run scored in short-season Class A Everett’s 6-5 loss to Vancouver. The Seattle Mariners minor-leaguer has 12 steals in 13 attempts in 22 games.

Mauricio Ramos had five hits, scored five runs and knocked in two in the Class A Lexington Legends’ 16-8 win at Hickory. Elier Hernandez added four hits and two RBI for the Legends.

■ Pitchers Taylor Rogers (UK), Jack Snodgrass (Bowling Green) and Neil Holland (Owensboro Catholic, U of L) were named to the Double-A level Eastern League All-Star teams.

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