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Friday, April 03, 2020

AJ Reed Announces Retirement

In news that slipped under the radar when it was announced, former top Astros prospect AJ Reed has announced his retirement. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle highlights the decision and analyzes it from the perspective of his former organization.

Reed, a former second-round pick, was once considered one of the game’s premium hitting prospects. He showed an intriguing blend of power and patience on his way up the farm. Reed generally made loud contact and plenty of it, with hefty batting averages on balls in play and unconcerning strikeout rates.

When he debuted with the ’Stros in 2016, Reed seemed quite likely to hit in the majors. After all, he mashed at every level on his way there. The real question was whether he’d do so enough to be a highly valuable player, given his limitations on the field (first base only) and on the bases.

As it turns out, there was a bigger problem lurking. Reed’s strikeout rate had ticked up a bit at Triple-A in 2016. It exploded in the majors. As it turned out, he’d end up taking 199 total plate appearances at the game’s highest level, carrying a 14.2% swinging-strike rate and 35.7% strikeout rate. Reed’s power stroke never played, either. All told, his career batting line sits at an awful .149/.241/.234.

A great way to feel old in a hurry: Hearing someone eight years younger than you retire….


QLE Posted: April 03, 2020 at 10:11 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: a.j. reed, prospects, retirements

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   1. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: April 03, 2020 at 10:47 PM (#5936373)
I looked up the 2014 second round. Not a pretty sight. Alex Verdugo is currently the round's career WAR leader. The guy in the second spot led the American League in losses and hit batsmen last year. No one else has positive career WAR.

Sure, some of them are still prospects - Mitch Keller is on there - but you'd think somebody would have done something.

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