30 Prospects In 30 Days: 1B A.J. Reed

In this edition of 30 Prospects in 30 Days, we focus on first basemen A.J. Reed, a 6’4″, 245 lb junior at the University of Kentucky.

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 30 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

AJ_ReedThe Mets took Reed as a left-handed pitcher in the 25th round of the 2011 Draft out of an Indiana high school. He decided to continue with his committment to Kentucky and has since developed into Kentucky’s No. 1 starter.

Yet he’s unlikely to ever take the mound as a pro because of his ability at the plate.

Reed’s left-handed power is difficult to find, and he’s more than just a masher as he has been able to become better with making more consistent hard contact without sacrificing any pop.

Reed doesn’t run well enough to play a position other than first base, but he has a strong arm and should be able to play the position well enough.

On the mound, he has a running fastball that sits between 88-92 mph, a tailing changeup and a slurvy curveball.

As a first basemen for Kentucky, Reed is a career .290 hitter with 17 HR’s and 95 RBI’s across 110 career games. As a pitcher he went 19-13 with a 2.83 ERA across 248 innings.

Some scouts believe it would be an upset to have Reed start his career as a hitter, but it appears that will be the case.

Regardless, he could amount to being a low-end rotation option or a power-hitting first basemen in the big leagues, whatever the team that drafts him thinks fits best for them.

This concludes my series “30 Prospects in 30 Days.” Tune in tomorrow at 6pm ET for pre-draft coverage on MLB Network. The draft will air live on MLB Network at 7pm ET.

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.