LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – UK’s A.J. Reed, who led the nation in home runs this year with 23, is Baseball America’s College Player of the Year.
This is Reed’s second national Player of the Year award. The Terre Haute native also was named the SEC Player of the Year.
Reed, who was taken in the second round of last week’s draft by the Astros, hit .336 on the season, leading the nation in slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211), while ranking second in total bases (164) and third in RBIs (73), all while facing teams trying to pitch around him or playing a defense shifted for a pull hitter.
Baseball America listed Reed as a first-team All-American as a utility hitter and as a utility pitcher.
Reed told MLB.com that he would be in Houston on Wednesday to take a physical and sign his first pro contract.