Former UK baseball standout A.J. Reed had himself a night last night for Lancaster, the Houston Astros’ AA team. The 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner went 3-for-4 with three home runs and nine RBI in the JetHawks’ 18-4 rout of some other minor league team.
Reed, a second-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, is the first minor leaguer to knock three balls out of the park in a single game this season. He told MiLB.com after the game. “It’s nice to feel comfortable at the plate. After the first two, that was my goal, to hit a third one, and I got a pitch I could drive and put a good swing on it. Bryce Harper had a three-homer game today and, after my second one, some of the guys and coaches in the dugout were talking about how he had three in a game and that I had to do it. It’s cool to be the first guy to do that this year.”
Kentucky’s Sportsman of the Year is now tied for third in the Minors with eight home runs.