A former Cat is getting a fresh start in the major leagues. The Chicago White Sox picked up AJ Reed off waivers today, ending his disappointing run with the Houston Astros. He’s been assigned to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 8, 2019
Reed was drafted in the second round by the Astros in 2014 after a standout career at Kentucky. During his time in Lexington, he won all five national player of the year awards, including the Golden Spikes, and became the first player in SEC history to lead the conference in home runs and pitching victories.
Reed’s pro career actually got off to a great start. In 2015, he led the minor leagues in home runs (34) and did it again in 2017 (34). Unfortunately, he didn’t have much success when called up by the Astros, and therefore, didn’t get called up much at all, appearing in only 48 major league games.
Here’s hoping a fresh start makes all the difference.