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.
"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.