Astros sign second-rounder Reed
The Astros on Wednesday finalized a contract with University of Kentucky first baseman A.J. Reed, who was taken as the top pick in the second round of last week’s First-Year Player Draft. Reed received a signing bonus of $1.35 million, which is the assigned value of the pick.
The 21-year-old Reed (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) led the NCAA in home runs (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211) as a junior. He also hit .336 (75-for-223) this season with 18 doubles, 73 RBIs and a .476 on-base percentage. Reed walked 49 times in 2014 and struck out just 48 times.
A two-way player in college, Reed was also Kentucky’s Friday night starter and led the SEC with 12 wins. He was the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, the SEC Player of the Year and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the best collegiate baseball player in the country.
“A.J. Reed was one of the best college bats in the draft this year, and his accomplishments speak for themselves,” Astros scouting director Mike Elias said. “What impresses us most with A.J. is his ability to use his power to both fields, his defensive prowess at first base, and the enthusiasm with which he plays the game. He’s going to be a fun player to watch and should immediately establish himself as one of our top power prospects in the minors.”
Reed is the first Top 10 pick by the Astros to officially sign, though MLB.com has reported the club has reached deals with third-round pick J.D. Davis, a third baseman from Cal State Fullerton; sixth-round pick Brock Dykxhoorn, a right-handed pitcher from Central Arizona College; eighth-round pick Bobby Boyd, a center fielder from West Virginia University; ninth-round pick Bryan Radziewski, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Miami; and 10th-round pick Jay Gause, a right-handed pitcher from Faulkner University in Alabama.
No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher from the San Diego agree, has agreed to a $6.5 million signing bonus and could have a contract done soon.
The Astros also announced the signing of right-hander Ryan Thompson (23rd round), right-hander Vince Wheeland (24th round), left-hander Zach Davis (25th round), infielder Mott Hyde (26th round), right-hander Brandon McNitt (27th round) and right-hander Keegan Yuhl (35th round). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.