Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed, who just wrapped up his first full regular season of minor league baseball by leading all levels with 34 home runs, 127 RBI and 113 runs scored, was named to Baseball America's minor-league All-Star team at first base.
Baseball America's report said Reed, whose postseason with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks starts Wednesday night, appears to be a second-round steal for the Houston Astros.
"Few prospects can match Reed’s combination of feel for hitting, power production and strike-zone management," the report said.
Reed was also first in the minor leagues with a .612 slugging percentage and 1.044 on-base plus slugging percentage. He was second with 178 hits and third with a .340 batting average.
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"The numbers don't lie, you know," Hooks Manager Rodney Linares told the Corpus Christi Caller Times. "He led the minor leagues in home runs, RBIs ... a whole bunch of other categories. He's a good hitter. He's not only a power hitter. ... I give him a lot of compliments on that and the sky's the limit for the kid. ...
"Now it's up to him to refine the other things he needs to refine, work on his defense so he can play in the big leagues as soon as possible."
Reed also identified one particular area of his game that he needs to work on.
"I think the biggest thing to improve on for next year is getting better against left-handed pitchers, getting a little bit more comfortable facing them and trying to see the ball earlier and better often," Reed told the Caller Times.
Reed batted .238 in 63 at-bats with 20 strikeouts against Double-A lefties.
He still has the Texas League playoffs, and the Arizona Fall League, ahead of him to work on that.
"I wanted to come here and be a factor for the team and help us win games, and for the most part, I was able to do that," he said.