(Note from the editor: It is well known that I am a prospect junkie, and when one of the bigger named prospects gets called up to the Big Show for the first time, I like to go back and look at past interviews to see what they were like when they were younger. Fortunately, I caught up with the Houston Astros A.J. Reed, who is set to make his big league debut last July. Here’s a look back at that interview from when I was editor at Grading on the Curve. Enjoy!)
A few weeks back, I did a little write up about one of baseball’s most exciting prospects. Amid one of MiLB’s hottest seasons, A.J. Reed had just come off his fourth California League Player of the Week Award, second consecutive Player of the Month Award and his first promotion to Double-A ball. Well folks, since his promotion, he hasn’t stopped hitting.
Keep reading last season’s AJ Reed interview.
Last season was considered by many the Year of the Prospect in Major League Baseball. Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Matt Duffy became household names while a bevy of other young stars propelled teams like the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and New York Mets to the post season.
So who is on the radar this season?
Continue reading to find out more about AJ Reed
The Houston Astros 2015 story is a remarkable one. They entered the season having not seen a winning record since 2008, and as it stands right now, they already have more wins than they did in 2011, 2012 and 2013. A lot of that has been due to their youth movement.
Carlos Correa. Lance McCullers. Preston Tucker. Jake Marisnick. Jose Altuve. They are all a part of this current under-25 brigade taking over the Major Leagues, and in turn, have taken the American League by storm. Here’s the scary part, folks, the Astros have even more coming up their Minor League pipeline.
One of those stars is first base prospect A.J. Reed. The second year player is having a remarkable season in the Minor Leagues. .338/.442/.633. 27 home runs. 96 RBI. All of that has been achieved in a mere 97 games with an entire month left. Reed isn’t your average prospect, he is special, and he is a lot closer to his Major League debut than you think.
Reed took the time to talk with me over at Grading on the Curve. So sit back and enjoy a little meet and greet with A.J. Reed as we discussed his college days, his current season and what it’s like being part of the Astros organization during this exciting time. Just click the link below and enjoy:
THE AJ REED INTERVIEW (<— it’s right there!)