Astros' prospect Reed wins Golden Spikes Award
First baseman slugged Division I-best 23 homers while starring for Kentucky
A.J. Reed, one of the outstanding two-way players in college baseball, was named the winner of the Golden Spikes Award on Thursday. Reed, who was selected by the Astros in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft, led all NCAA Division I players in home runs (23) this past season.
Reed, a first baseman from the University of Kentucky, also led all players in slugging percentage (.735) and ranked second in total bases (164) and third in RBIs (73). Reed also starred on the mound, where he racked up a 12-2 record and a 2.09 ERA as the Wildcats' Friday night starter.
The Golden Spikes has been presented by USA Baseball to the top amateur baseball player in the country for the past 37 years, and it's chosen by a committee of more than 200 voters around the country. Other finalists included Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and LSU right-hander Aaron Nola, both of whom were first-round Draft picks.
Reed was also named the winner of the Dick Howser Award and the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, and he won a similar honor from Baseball America. Reed, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was named first-team All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
He has moved off the mound as a professional, but Reed is making an impact with his bat. As of Thursday, the 21-year-old was batting .311 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in his first 28 games for Class A Tri-City.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.