Fresno Grizzlies first baseman A.J. Reed landed on the disabled list but doesn’t expect to be there long.
Rated among the Houston Astros’ top prospects and as the best first base prospect throughout the minors, Reed pulled his hamstring running out an infield single during the seventh inning Tuesday in the Grizzlies’ 7-6 loss to Tacoma.
Reed, placed on the seven-day DL on Wednesday, doesn’t consider the injury to be serious.
“It was just very minor,” Reed said. “I just didn’t want to make it worse. So just came out of the game.
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“I think a week’s plenty of time.”
Houston Astros prospect A.J. Reed is batting .229 with six home runs and 21 RBIs, along with a .333 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage during his first 28 games in Triple-A.
Reed, who turned 23 on Tuesday, is batting .229 with six home runs and 21 RBIs, along with a .333 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage in his first 28 games in Triple-A.
During one stretch in mid-April, the left-handed hitting Reed had an eight-game hitting streak. But he’s gone just 4 for 31 with one home run in his past eight games.
“I feel like I’ve had good at-bats, been swinging at good pitches,” said Reed, who last season led all minor league hitters with 34 home runs and 127 RBIs to go with a .340 average. “Just not squaring up as many pitches as I’d like. Hitting balls hard. Just not finding any holes. I feel good. I’m not worried.”
Jon Singleton and Matt Duffy will split time at first base in Reed’s absence.
Singleton, a lefty slugger, is batting .212 with a team-high seven homers and 17 RBIs.
Duffy, who began this season with the Astros, has struggled since his return to Triple-A. He is hitting .192 with no home runs and four RBIs in 78 at-bats. Duffy, last season’s Pacific Coast League MVP, has recorded two hits in each of his past three games.