Minor league notes: Reed hits 4th HR; Cousino a midseason All-Star; Riddle scores game-winner

dvarney@herald-leader.comJuly 24, 2014 

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AJ Reed, who swept all of the major national college player of the year awards this past season at Kentucky, hit his fourth minor-league home run in short-season Class A Tri-City’s 14-0 victory against Staten Island on Thursday night. Reed also had a double and scored two runs in five at-bats in the team’s fifth straight win.

Reed's two hits were part of a 16-hit effort by Tri-City.

"Hitting's very contagious," Reed told the Albany Times Union. "Tonight, we were in a good groove, seeing the ball well and putting good swings on it."

His home run was a three-run shot in the fifth inning.

"Honestly, I didn't even really hit it that well," Reed told the Times Union. "I just thought it was a deep fly maybe off the wall or something, but I didn't know it was going to go out. I just tried to put a good swing on it."

Reed, who was the first pick of the second round by the Houston Astros in the MLB Draft in June, is batting .294 with 25 RBI in 32 games for the ValleyCats.

Austin Cousino, a third-round draft pick out of UK by the Seattle Mariners in June, was named to play in the Northwest League All-Star Game.

Cousino, who plays for short-season Class A Everett, entered Thursday’s game batting .277 with five home runs and 16 RBI. His 16 stolen bases (in 17 attempts) ranked second in the league.

He added two more stolen bases, to give him 18 on the season, in Everett's 7-3 loss to Boise late Thursday night.

J.T. Riddle (Western Hills, UK) led off the game with his eighth home run of the season and scored what proved to be the winning run in Class A Greensboro’s 9-8 victory at Asheville. He singled with two outs in the top of the 10th inning and scored on a single by Carlos Lopez.

Riddle has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .287 with 42 RBI in 72 games for the Grasshoppers.

Trevor Gott (Tates Creek, UK) struck out three and didn't allow a walk or hit in two shutout innings to earn the win in Double-A Arkansas' 2-1 defeat of Tulsa in 11 innings.

Gott is 1-0 and hasn't given up a run in three games since being traded from the San Diego Padres' organization to the Los Angeles Angels.

Andy Burns (UK) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Double-A New Hampshire’s 5-3 win at Harrisburg. The Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer is batting .251 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI for the Fisher Cats.

Derek Self (U of L) pitched two shutout innings of relief for the Senators. The Washington Nationals prospect gave up two hits and struck out three to lower his ERA to 2.28. He’s 1-2 in 14 games.

Chad Wright (Heath, UK) was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Class A Advanced Lakeland’s 4-3 victory against Bradenton.

Wright, an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers affiliate, is batting .266 with three homers and 30 RBI in 92 games.

■ The Texas Rangers promoted reliever Nate Adcock (North Hardin) from Triple-A Round Rock. The right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 13 games for the Express.

Adcock debuted in the majors in 2011 with the Kansas City Royals and was 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA and one save in 24 games. He was 0-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 games with the Royals in 2012, but didn’t pitch in the majors last year.

Chris Dominguez (U of L) hit his 13th home run of the season, a solo shot, in Triple-A Fresno’s 8-7 loss to Albuquerque. The San Francisco Giants prospect was 2-for-4 and is batting .272 with 56 RBI in 96 games.

Terrence Dayleg (WKU) had a 2-run double in Double-A Jacksonville’s 7-6 defeat of Birmingham. He’s batting .265 with two home runs and 17 RBI for the Miami Marlins affiliate.

Dennis Varney: (859) 231-3514. Twitter: @ExCats.

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