Former University of Kentucky baseball standout AJ Reed says he's starting to feel comfortable at the plate as a minor-league player.
That was evident Wednesday night, when last year's consensus national player of the year at UK connected for three home runs in Class A Advanced Lancaster's 18-4 victory over Stockton in the California League.
"My birthday is in four days, so I always like May just 'cause of that reason," Reed told MILB.com. "I'm just starting to feel comfortable at the plate, starting to see the ball better, hopefully getting into a groove and hitting the ball hard."
Reed, who plays in the Houston Astros' farm system, hit a three-run homer in the first inning, walked in the third, hit a grand slam in the fourth, drove in a run with a forceout in the seventh and hit a solo shot in the ninth inning, for a total of nine RBI. He is the first minor-league player to hit three homers in the same game this season.
Reed is batting .245 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 26 games this season for Lancaster.