|A. J. Reed|
Reed with the Houston Astros in 2016
|Houston Astros – No. 23|
May 10, 1993 |
Terre Haute, Indiana
|June 25, 2016, for the Houston Astros|
(through July 31, 2017)
|Runs batted in||8|
|Career highlights and awards|
Andrew Joseph Reed (born May 10, 1993) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at Kentucky. He was drafted by the Astros in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Reed attended Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. During his career he hit .425 with 41 home runs and 150 runs batted in (RBI) as a batter and was 26–10 record with a 1.88 earned run average (ERA), and 390 strikeouts in 260 innings as a pitcher. Reed was drafted by the New York Mets in the 25th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended the University of Kentucky.
While at Kentucky he was considered one of the best two-way players in college baseball. As a freshman in 2012 at the Kentucky he became the first consensus first-team freshman All-American in Kentucky's baseball history. He played in 55 games with 51 starts, hitting .300 with four home runs and 43 runs batted in as a batter. As a pitcher he went 5–3 with a 2.52 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 16 games (five starts). As a sophomore in 2013 he started all 55 games and started 14 games as a pitcher. As a batter he hit .280 with 13 home runs and 52 runs batted in. As a pitcher he was 2–8 with a 4.04 ERA and 52 strikeouts.
As a junior in 2014, Reed hit .336/.476/.735 and led the nation in home runs with 23. As a pitcher he was 12–2 with a 2.09 ERA and 71 strikeouts. He was the winner of the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. He also won numerous other awards, including the John Olerud Award, SEC Player of the Year, National Player of the Year from Collegiate Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association, as well as Baseball America College Player Of The Year. He was also the SEC Male Athlete of the Year for all sports.
Reed was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed on June 11. Reed hit 34 home runs for the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League and Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League in the 2015 season, winning the Joe Bauman Home Run Award.
Reed began the 2016 season with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He was called up and made his major league debut on June 25, 2016. On July 1, 2016 he recorded his first Major League hit with a single against Chicago White Sox. Next day he hit his first Major League home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher David Robertson.
On March 21, 2017 he was optioned back to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. Reed appeared in only 2 games for the Astros in 2017 without recording a stat in 6 at-bats.
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