A.J. Reed was named the the winner of the 2014 Dick Howser Award today in Omaha Nebraska. The Award, named after the former Kansas City Royals manager, is given annually to the the top collegiate baseball player in the country.
Reed, who was selected by the Astros in the second round of this year’s draft, adds the coveted Howser Trophy to a long list of honors that stemmed from one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history. A two way performer at the University of Kentucky, Reed slashed .336/.476/.735 and led the nation with 23 homeruns. The lefty also racked up 12 wins as a starting pitcher.
"“It is of utmost importance for the Dick Howser Trophy Committee to identify the top college baseball player in the country not only based on ability,” David Feaster, the committee’s executive director said. “However – equally important if not more, are the qualities that make up the spirit of the Trophy’s namesake, Dick Howser – leadership, character and courage. h/t Brian Foley"
The Astros view Reed as a power hitting first-baseman and have assigned him to the Tri-City ValleyCats of the short-season New York-Penn league. If that doesn’t work out, the 6′ 4″, 230 pounder can always go back to pitching — but I like his chances as a hitter.