Kentucky Wildcats junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed has been drafted by the Houston Astros with the 42nd-overall selection of the 2014 MLB Draft.
A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed completed one of the most historic seasons in college baseball history in 2014, leading the nation in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211), while ranking fourth in the nation, in pitching victories (12).
Reed hit .336 with 18 doubles, one triple, 73 RBI, 49 walks and a .476 on-base percentage. Reed finished with a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts, working 112 innings, allowing 98 hits and 29 walks, striking out 71.
In his three-year career, Reed has charted a .306 average in 172 games, with 35 doubles, three triples, 40 homers and 168 RBI, with a .559 slugging and a .415 on-base percentage. On the mound, Reed has a 19-13 record with a 2.83 ERA in 248 innings, allowing just 53 walks and striking out 174.
The SEC Player of the Year, Reed has rewritten the UK record book during his career. In UK’s single-season records, Reed ranks first in homers, third in RBI, fifth in total bases, sixth in slugging, second in walks, 13th in on-base percentage, ninth in hit by pitches (14), fifth in ERA, second in wins, third in winning percentage (.857), third in starts and third in innings pitched.
In UK career history, Reed ranks second in homers, second in RBI, eighth in total bases, 12th in at-bats, 12th in walks (99), 11th in sacrifice flies (nine), 10th in hit by pitch (26), third in ERA, 10th in wins and 11th in innings pitched.
Reed helped lead UK to its second NCAA Tournament berth in the last three years in 2014, with UK finishing with the sixth-most wins in program history. UK finished its campaign as the runner-up in the NCAA Louisville Regional, with its tourney finish marking tied for the best in UK history, also done in 1988, 2006, 2008 and 2012.
This likely marks the end of Reed’s memorably college career, as he’s expected to sign his contract and forego his senior season.