LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On Saturday night, AJ Reed delivered his first professional grand slam for the Tri Cities Valley Cats, in the New York short season league. It was that performance that prompted a promotion.
"He told me right after the game that we were coming up here so I had about five hours to get everything ready and then we headed out the next morning," said Reed.
On Monday afternoon Reed was back in Kentucky to make his Single-A début for the Quad City River Bandits in the final game of a series against Bowling Green.
"Yesterday was a long day with travel and then two good games. One in Tri City and then here. You know it's just exciting to come out here and play well and meet all these new guys."
After striking out in his first at bat, Reed settled in and hit a solo home run his next time at the plate.
"Guy made a good pitch, and I told myself I wasn't going to let him beat me twice so he left one over the plate, and I put a good swing on it."
The home run gave the River Bandits a 3-2 lead, and they would go on to win the game 4-3. As for AJ, he likes the progress he's made so far in the minor leagues.
"You know I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable up there and not really thinking about it as much. So right now it's going well and I'm pretty pleased with where I'm at right now."