2016 Rookie of the Year?
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With the current hole at first base, Reed has hit his way into consideration for the starting job this spring. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Astros from the University of Kentucky, Reed would fit right in the middle of the lineup not only with the power in his bat but also with his ability to get on base. In his breakout season in 2015, Reed hit 34 home runs and drove in 127 runners while hitting .340 splitting time between Single-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. What sets Reed apart, at least with his minor league numbers, is his ability to get on base along with his power. In 2015, Reed had an OPS of 1.044 with an on-base percentage of .432.
The Astros are hoping for this tremendous ability to translate at the big league level. If Reed is in the lineup come May with table-setters such as Jose Altuve, Springer, and Correa before him, he will have ample opportunities to be an offensive monster that will not only be noticed by Houston fans but by fans everywhere come October.
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