First baseman A.J. Reed, the top prospect on the roster of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies and among the most promising in baseball, was called up Friday by the Houston Astros – a move first confirmed by minor league teammates and later by the major league club.
Reed, 23, has been on a tear of late, batting .372 with three homers and seven RBIs in his past 10 games.
He was 35th among all prospects in the MLB.com prospect ranking and No. 1 among first basemen.
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Though inconsistent overall during his first season in Triple A, as he’s dealt with more off-speed pitches and fewer fastballs, the left-handed slugger does have 11 homers, 36 RBIs and a .509 slugging percentage while hitting .266 in 59 games.
In his first season in Triple-A, A.J. Reed has hit .266 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs with a .509 slugging percentage in 59 games. But he’s been on a tear over the past 10 games, batting .372 with three homers and seven RBIs.
Reed has hit .222 with three homers and a .444 slugging percentage against left-handers this season. The Astros are scheduled to face six consecutive right-handed starters.
A year ago, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Reed destroyed Class-A and Double-A pitching, batting a combined .340 with 34 homers and 127 RBIs.
Reed was not on the 40-man roster, so the Astros will have to remove someone to clear a spot Saturday when his promotion officially takes effect.