Astros second-round pick A.J. Reed wins Golden Spikes Award

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Astros second-round draft pick A.J. Reed won the Golden Spikes award, USA Baseball announced Thursday. The award is presently annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country and is voted on by over 200 panel members.

Playing for the University of Kentucky this season, the left-handed first baseman Reed hit .336/.476/.735 with 23 homers and 73 RBI in 62 games. He led all of Division I in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS.

Since joining Class A Tri-City, Reed is hitting .311/.415/.485 with nine doubles, three homers and 22 RBI in 28 games.

The other finalists for the award were Michael Conforto of Oregon State, who was picked 10th overall by the Mets, and Aaron Nola of LSU (seventh overall, Phillies).

The winners of the Golden Spikes Award have a pretty great recent track record. Since 2007, the winners have been David Price, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Trevor Bauer, Mike Zunino and Kris Bryant.

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