After selecting Kentucky Wildcats two-way star A.J. Reed with the 42nd pick during the 2nd round of the 2014 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros were quick to talk about why they drafted him as a hitter.
A.J. Reed spoke to members of the Kentucky media last night on being drafted.
“The organization doesn’t have a whole lot of power, so I’ll be able to add a little bit to that,” Reed said. “They’re excited to have a power bat and I’m excited to be that guy.”
Following the selection of Reed, the Astros national crosschecker David Post and scouting director Mike Elias were made available to the media, including Houston Chronicle beat writer Evan Dreilech.
“I’d seen Fisher play since high school,” Astros national crosschecker David Post said. “A.J. Reed, we’ve been watching him there at Kentucky for three years, on Team USA and also on the Cape. I can’t put a number on it, maybe 20 times apiece.”
MLB assigned the 42nd pick with a $1,350,000 value.
As for Elias’ comments on Reed, who they drafted as a hitter:
“He is the SEC player of the year, led the nation in home runs in the toughest college baseball conference in the country, and I believe he’s probably going to win the Golden Spikes award for the best college baseball player in the country,” Elias said. “If you look back at the list of Golden Spikes winners, it’s a pretty impressive list of big league players. He’s not only Kentucky’s slugger, but he’s also their Friday night starter, and he’s a lefthanded pitcher as well. He’s got a real zeal and enthusiasm for the game that’s apparent when you watch him play.
“Scouts and players and people that cover college baseball have called him Babe Ruth this past year, because he pitches and hits — just kind of the excitement he brings to the park. He had a monster season. He’s got a lot of bat speed, there’s a ton of power obviously. We think it’s going to play and I think he might have right now the most raw power in our system once we get him signed.”
On selecting Reed with the 42nd pick, Elisas said that the Astros “thought we might have a shot at 37, but to get him at 42, we were definitely surprised and happy about that.”
Rest assured that Wildcat Blue Nation will have an interview with A.J. Reed shortly after he gets settled in to start his professional career.