Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed, a Houston Astros prospect who was named the Class A Advanced California League's top player for both the month of May and June, was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday.
There have been plenty of highlights for Reed in his first full season of minor league baseball. He has a three-homer game, hit for the cycle and helped turn a triple play for the Lancaster JetHawks.
Reed overcame a slow start to the season -- he batted .208 in April -- to take a dominating lead in the league's batting race at .346.
Going into Saturday's games, his 23 home runs were tied for the best in all of minor league baseball.
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"I just try to keep it as simple as I can: get a good pitch and put a good swing for it," Reed said in a report posted Saturday on MiLB.com. "I look for pitches I can drive and try to put myself in a hitter's count. And right now, things are going well."
He was also leading the California League in on-base percentage (.449), slugging percentage (.638), RBI (81), runs scored (75), walks (59) and total bases (203).
Reed could make his Double-A debut on Sunday against Springfield.