Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed hit his minor-league leading 31st home run of the season, a solo shot, in Double-A Corpus Christi's 17-6 rout of Midland on Friday night.
Reed took sole possession of the home run lead from Cincinnati Reds prospect Adam Duvall, a former Butler High School and University of Louisville standout who has 30 home runs at the Triple-A level.
"I felt good tonight. Just saw the ball well and was trying to get a pitch to hit," Reed said in a report on MiLB.com. "You've just got to pick a good pitch and put a good swing on it."
Reed, one of the Houston Astros' top prospects, was 4-for-4 to improve his batting average to .352 in 43 games with the Hooks. He has a seven-game hitting streak.
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Reed, who scored four runs in the win, also had a double, an RBI single, a run-scoring sacrifice fly and a walk. He leads the minors in RBI, too, with 115.
He started the season at Class A Advanced Lancaster and batted .346 with 23 home runs and 81 RBI in 82 games.
Reed hasn't slowed down since his promotion to Corpus Christi. He has eight home runs and 34 RBI with the Hooks.
"It's been a little tougher here in the Texas League to hit home runs," Reed told MiLB.com. "I've just got to trust that the power's going to be there and work the whole field and not be afraid to go the other way. I just kind of started telling myself, 'Don't worry about hitting it the other way, just try and hit it hard somewhere.'"
Reed said he'll continue to be aggressive at the plate, no matter whether it's with the Hooks, at Triple-A or with the Astros.
"Whatever they plan on doing with me is their decision, and wherever I'm at I'm going to try and win a ring," he said. "Playoffs here in Double-A are coming up soon, and I'm looking forward to that."