AJ Reed

AJ Reed

30-Year-Old DHDH
 Free Agent  
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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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.
Retires from baseball
DHFree Agent  
March 31, 2020
Reed announced his retirement from professional baseball March 4, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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A 2014 second-round pick of the Astros, Reed once looked to be Houston's potential long-term answer at first base after posting some eye-popping power production during his first three seasons in the minors. Reed was never able to translate that success over to the majors during his various trials with Houston between the 2016 and 2018 seasons, slashing a collective .153/.253/.244 while striking out in a third of his plate appearances. After being passed up by other ascending bats in the organization, Reed was waived by Houston last summer and claimed by the White Sox, but he posted a lowly .409 OPS in 14 games with Chicago before the team moved him off its 40-man roster. Rather than accepting a minor-league deal in an attempt to keep his downward-trending career going, the 26-year-old Reed decided it was a good time to step away from the game.
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October 16, 2019
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July 21, 2019
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July 14, 2019
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Minor League Barometer: Notable Phenoms
August 30, 2018
Jesse Siegel delivers his deep dive into the minors' most scintillating prospects heading into September call-up season.
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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.
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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Booted from 40-man
DHChicago White Sox  
August 16, 2019
Reed was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Sent back to minors
DHChicago White Sox  
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
DHChicago White Sox  
July 30, 2019
Reed is not starting Tuesday against the Mets.
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Gets uptick in playing time
DHChicago White Sox  
July 28, 2019
Reed will start at first base and bat sixth Sunday against the Twins.
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Delivers run in loss
DHChicago White Sox  
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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