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Ex-Cat AJ Reed hits 2-run HR in Class A debut

Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed hit a two-run home run to right center in his second at-bat as a member of the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits on Monday. Quad Cities was playing in Bowling Green against the Hot Rods, marking Reed's first game back in Kentucky since being chosen by the Houston Astros in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft in June. (Photo by Gregg Rich)
Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed hit a two-run home run to right center in his second at-bat as a member of the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits on Monday. Quad Cities was playing in Bowling Green against the Hot Rods, marking Reed's first game back in Kentucky since being chosen by the Houston Astros in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft in June. (Photo by Gregg Rich)

Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed hit a two-run home run in his debut for Class A Quad Cities in a 4-3 win at Bowling Green on Monday afternoon.

Reed, the Houston Astros' first pick of the second round of the MLB Draft in June, finished 1-for-4 for the River Bandits.

"It was just exciting to come out here and play well," Reed said in an interview after the game. "I was happy (about the home run). It put us ahead, so that was good."

The Terre Haute, Ind., native swept all of the major national college player of the year honors, including the Golden Spikes Award, before starting his minor-league career at short-season Class A Tri-City in the New York-Penn League. Reed batted .306 with five home runs, 30 RBI, 22 walks and a .420 on-base percentage in 32 games for the ValleyCats.

"It's awesome, playing professional baseball. It's what I wanted to do my whole life," Reed said. "It's nice to come out here and play well, and have a little bit of success so far."

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