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Former UK star AJ Reed to make MLB debut Saturday for Astros

Houston Astros prospect AJ Reed posed for a photo while participating in the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies’ media day at Chukchansi Park on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Houston Astros prospect AJ Reed posed for a photo while participating in the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies’ media day at Chukchansi Park on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The Fresno Bee

The Houston Astros are calling up former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed to the majors on Saturday.

Manager A.J. Hinch told the Houston Chronicle that Reed make his debut as the team’s designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

“I’m as excited as anybody can be,” Reed told MiLB.com “It’s a dream come true and time to take care of business.”

The Fresno Bee’s Bryant-Jon Anteola, who covers the team’s Triple-A affiliate, said Reed got the news just before batting practice on Friday night.

The Astros confirmed the move after their 13-4 victory Friday at Kansas City. The team will option No. 12 prospect Tony Kemp to Fresno and make a corresponding 40-man roster move on Saturday.

It will be the first trip to the big leagues for Reed, the Astros’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com.

Reed had been on a hot streak, batting .412 with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in his last eight games for the Grizzlies.

Overall, the first baseman batted .266 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games at Fresno.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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