The Book on AJ Reed
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
AJ Reed / 1B, HOU
Terre Haute, IN, USA
School: Kentucky (KY)
39 | 3/2/2016
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (3/24/2017): #10
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #40
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #16
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2016: #11
Baseball Prospectus: #55
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
Originally drafted out of high school by the Mets, Astro first base prospect AJ Reed elected to continue his education at Kentucky instead, reentering the draft in 2014. It paid off, as the slugger, now 240lbs and coming off a College Player of the Year award, was taken as the first player off the board in round two, this time by the Astros. Reed's slashline in his senior year (.336/.476/.735) was topped off by 23 home runs (best in the NCAA) and threw in ace-level mound work as the team's Friday starter to boot.
A dream slugger, Reed combines real plus power with the kind of mature batting eye usually only seen in singles hitters. He's not afraid to take bad strikes, or to foul them off, waiting for a pitch he can drive, and he hits as well when behind in the count as any young player in baseball.
In the field he's an adequate first baseman who should get better with practice -- he usually served as a DH when not pitching in college -- but even if he ends up a designated hitter for the Astros, he's going to be a very good one.
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