AJ Reed
AJ Reed
26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Reed's downward trajectory continued in 2018. After appearing in two big-league games in 2017, he got into just one last year, going hitless in three at-bats. His wRC+ at the Triple-A level has fallen for three straight seasons, from 142 to 124 to 117. That's a fine enough mark but hardly merits much excitement for a 25-year-old first baseman at that level. Reed has seemingly been passed by as the Astros have soared into the league's top tier -- he has no realistic path to playing time this season. If he can find his way to another organization, it's worth remembering that he was at one time considered quite the prospect. It's not impossible to envision him posting playable numbers should the opportunity arise, but there's little reason to invest in Reed in his current situation. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in March of 2019. Waived by the Astros in July of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the White Sox in July of 2019.
Booted from 40-man
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
August 16, 2019
Reed was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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The White Sox will clear a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting Reed to Triple-A. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
#8
#9
4
1
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .333 6 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Since 2017vs Right .343 52 1 1 4 0 .106 .173 .170
2019vs Left .500 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2019vs Right .400 45 1 1 4 0 .125 .200 .200
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Right .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+485%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+459%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .117 35 0 0 1 0 .031 .086 .031
Since 2017Away .685 23 1 1 3 0 .238 .304 .381
2019Home .142 29 0 0 1 0 .038 .103 .038
2019Away .794 20 1 1 3 0 .278 .350 .444
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017Home .000 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does AJ Reed compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
42.9%
 
BABIP
.217
 
ISO
.068
 
AVG
.136
 
OBP
.204
 
SLG
.205
 
OPS
.409
 
wOBA
.190
 
Exit Velocity
88.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
20.8%
 
Barrels/PA
4.1%
 
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July 8, 2018
Erik Siegrist reviews the available talent on the waiver wire in the Junior Circuit and recommends bidding aggressively for Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker if you need an impact bat.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Reed got his first taste of the majors in 2016 when he played in 45 games for the Astros, hitting .164/.270/.262 in that time. Strikeouts plagued his debut, as he whiffed in a brutal 34.0 percent of his plate appearances. As a result, he spent nearly the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Fresno and appeared in just two games in the majors. Reed's power was on full display at Fresno, where he slugged 34 home runs and 104 RBI. His .261 batting average was easily his worst mark in the minors, and he did his damage almost exclusively against righties (.287/.375/.590, .189/.311/.346 versus southpaws). Additionally, strikeouts remained an issue with Reed striking out in 26.3 percent of his plate appearances with Fresno. Yulieski Gurriel has become a reliable option at first base for Houston, making it hard to justify a spot for Reed, but he could contend for reps at the DH spot.
Reed was the talk of March fantasy drafts. There was chatter he would break camp with the team, and he was coming off a season where he laid waste to minor league pitching in the extremely hitter-friendly environments of High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. The hype swelled despite the fact he had never faced a pitch above Double-A. By season's end, Reed's time in the majors was a major disappointment for those owners as he became a three true outcome player: a walk, a strikeout, or a batted ball out. He hit three homers in 141 plate appearances but did do well in Triple-A back in friendly hitting environments. He turns 24 in May, and the team wants more lefty bats in the lineup, so he could end up in a platoon situation, though Yulieski Gurriel may have a shot to keep first base to himself. This is a good chance to get Reed on the cheap in keeper leagues, though his path to production again faces obstacles.
No minor league hitter improved their stock more than Reed last season. He was the best hitter in the minors, slashing .340/.432/.612 with 34 home runs in 523 at-bats between High-A and Double-A. Those are awfully impressive numbers for a player who was drafted 42nd overall in the 2014 draft and started the year off every major prospect list. Reed posted walk rates above 11 percent and K-rates below 21 percent at both levels last year, and at 6-foot-4, 240, the lefty hitting first baseman has the look of a prototypical MLB cleanup hitter. The Astros non-tendered Chris Carter this offseason, clearing the way for Reed to be the first baseman sometime in the first half, assuming he holds his own for a month or two against Triple-A pitching. There is potential for a .300 hitter with 30-plus home runs annually, and he should reach the majors in time to be worthy of a selection in most single-season formats.
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Sent back to minors
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
August 1, 2019
Reed was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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On bench Tuesday
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
July 30, 2019
Reed is not starting Tuesday against the Mets.
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Gets uptick in playing time
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
July 28, 2019
Reed will start at first base and bat sixth Sunday against the Twins.
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Delivers run in loss
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
July 26, 2019
Reed went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Twins.
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On bench again Saturday
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
July 20, 2019
Reed is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays.
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