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18  A.J. Reed
A.J. Reed

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Terre Haute, Ind.

High School:
Terre Haute South

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 240

Position:
LHP/1B

Experience:
HS

B/T:
L/L


03/08/2014

Reed, Thomas Homer in No. 22 Baseball's 24-1 Pounding of Ball State

Wildcats Get NCAA-Leading Eighth Homer from Reed, Six RBI from Thomas

04/22/2013

No. 24 Baseball Travels to Western Kentucky

Wildcats In Midst of Season-Long Seven Game Road Swing

04/21/2013

No. 14 South Carolina Sweeps No. 17 Baseball

Wildcats Return to Action on Tuesday at Western Kentucky

04/21/2013

No. 17 Baseball at No. 14 South Carolina -- Game Three -- Postgame Notes

No. 17 Baseball at No. 14 South Carolina -- Game Three -- Postgame Notes

04/20/2013

No. 14 S. Carolina Walks Off With 11-Inning Win

Series Concludes on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Carolina Stadium

03/29/2013

Reed on balancing roles

A.J. Reed threw 8.1 innings on Friday, allowing just one run.

06/02/2012

Williams, Reed on tough loss, rebounding

UK will face either Purdue or Valparaiso on Saturday in the Gary Regional.

05/22/2012

Henderson, players on win over Ole Miss

Kentucky beat Ole Miss 2-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament opener.

02/24/2012

Reed on first career home run

A.J. Reed talks about his home debut, in which he had a grand slam and six RBI.

• 2014 NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (4/8/14)
• 2014 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (4/7/14)
• 2014 SEC Player of the Week (4/7/14)
• 2014 Perfect Game Midseason NCAA Player of the Year (4/3/14)
• 2014 NCAA.com National Player of the Week (2/25/14)
• 2014 NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (2/25/14)
• 2014 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (2/24/14)
• 2014 SEC Player of the Week (2/24/14)
• 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
• 2014 Baseball America preseason All-America
• 2014 Perfect Game preseason All-America
• 2014 Louisville Sluger preseason All-America
• 2014 Baseball America Preseason NCAA Top-100 Players (No. 85)
• 2014 Perfect Game preseason All-SEC
• 2013 No. 28 prospect in the Cape Cod League (Perfect Game)
• 2013 USA Collegiate National Team trial roster
• SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013)
• 2013 first-team All-SEC (DH)
• 2013 NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (3/5/13)
• 2013 SEC Player of the Week (3/4/13)
• 2013 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (3/4/13)
• 2013 Baseball America preseason All-America
• 2013 Perfect Game preseason All-America
• 2013 NCBWA preseason All-America
• 2013 SEbaseball.com preseason All-SEC
• 2013 College Baseball Daily preseason All-SEC
• 2012 No. 34 prospect in the Cape Cod League (Perfect Game)
• 2012 All-SEC Freshman (DH and 1B)
• 2012 Baseball America first-team Freshman All-America
• 2012 Louisville Slugger first-team Freshman All-America
• 2012 NCBWA first-team Freshman All-America
• 2012 Perfect Game USA first-team Freshman All-America
• 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year semifinalist
• 2012 SEC Freshman of the Week (4/2/12)
• 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame National All-Star Lineup (4/2/12)
• 25th round draft pick in 2011 (Mets)

Outlook
One of the top players in college baseball and the top two-way player in the NCAA ... Is coming off a summer with the USA Collegiate National Team and in the Cape Cod League ... Was the first-team All-SEC DH in 2013 ... Has made notable progress in strength gains in the offseason ... Has a highly competitive demeanor on the mound with great fastball command, a wipeout breaking ball and an effective changeup ... Has arguably the most raw power in the SEC, with an ability to drive the ball to all fields ... Ranked fourth in the SEC in homers (13) and RBI (52) as a sophomore ... Had the fourth-most homers among NCAA sophomores ... On the mound, had a staff-low 4.43 runs per game in support, including 2.44 runs per game over his last nine starts ... Ranked among the SEC leaders with a 2.84 ERA through 12 starts entering his final two starts on the mound, before showing his fatigue and allowing 14 runs in his final two starts to finish with a 4.04 ERA ... Was the first consensus first-team Freshman All-American in program history in 2012, leading UK to a record-breaking season ... Had a heroic outing in UK's first round 21-inning marathon in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, working nine innings of relief, while playing the full 21 innings in the lineup, including getting thrown out in the bottom of the 19th inning as the winning run at the plate ... Had the third-best ERA in the Cape Cod League as a freshman.

Summer
Started the summer with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League, before switching over to the USA National Team's trials ... After narrowly missing the USA National Team final 22-man roster, moved back to the Harwich Mariners ... Played in 20 games at the plate in the Cape, batting .224 (15-for-67) with four runs, five doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI ... Sported a 6-23 walk-strikeout ratio and a .583 slugging percentage ... On the mound, went 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts, tossing 25 innings, allowing 22 hits and seven walks, striking out 21 ... Worked six one-run innings in his CCBL summer debut on June 15 ... Did not appear regularly in the everyday lineup until August in the CCBL ... Had a great trial run with the USA National Team, batting .364 in five games with two starts (4-for-11) with a double and three RBI ... Drew two walks and struck out four times ... Made one start on the mound for USA, working five shutout, one-hit innings, walking one and striking out five, allowing just a single and a .059 opponent average.

2013
Named first-team DH by the SEC coaches ... Played and started all 55 games at the plate, making 14 series-opening starts on the mound ... Batted .280 (60-for-214) with 30 runs, eight doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 52 RBI ... Slugged .519, with a .378 on-base percentage, stealing one base ... Had a 26-41 walk-strikeout ratio, getting plunked by nine pitches and hanging two sac flies ... On the mound, went 2-8 with a 4.04 ERA, tossing 82.1 innings, allowing 100 hits and 15 walks, striking out 52 ...Reached base safely in 48 of 55 games ... In 31 games vs. SEC foes (including SEC Tournament), batted .244 (29-for-119) with four doubles, one triple, six homers and 20 RBI, slugging .445 and working an 11-22 walk-strikeout ratio ... On the mound vs. the SEC, went 0-7 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 starts, working 60 innings, allowing 76 hits and 11 walks, striking out 36 ... Hit .323 (32-for-99) in non-SEC games, with four doubles, one triple, seven homers and 32 RBI ... On the mound vs. non-conference foes, went 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in four starts, allowing 24 hits and four walks in 22.1 innings ... Hit .291 (34-for-117) at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with nine homers and 30 RBI ... Was 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA in seven starts at home ... Hit .235 (19-for-81) with three homers and 15 RBI on the road, owning a 0-4 record with a 3.90 ERA in five starts on the road ... In games UK won, hit .307 (35-for-114) with seven homers and 29 RBI, with a 2-0 record and a 1.59 ERA in his six starts ... In games that UK lost, hit .250 (25-for-100) with six homers and 23 RBI, owning an 0-8 record and a 6.33 ERA in his eight starts that UK lost ... Hit .311 with 10 homers in day games with a 2-3 record and a 5.79 ERA in six day game starts ... Batted .228 (18-for-79) in night games, with three homers and 16 RBI, going 0-5 with a 2.90 ERA in eight starts on the mound in night games ... Month-by-month splits: Feb. (.313, 2 HR, 11 RBI; 1-1, 5.79 ERA), March (.352, 4 HR, 17 RBI; 1-2, 1.65 ERA), April (.262, 4 HR, 18 RBI; 0-2, 3.42 ERA), May (.174, HR, 3 RBI; 0-3, 8.64 ERA) ... Had 16 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games ... Ran up a season-long nine-game hitting streak and had a streak of 12 straight games reaching safely ... UK went 6-8 in his starts on the mound ... Made 43 starts as the No. 3 hitter and 12 starts at cleanup ... Made 32 starts at first base and 23 starts as the DH ... Batted .292 with 11 homers and 40 RBI at No. 3 in the order and .239 with two homers and 12 RBI at cleanup ... Belted homers against Kansas State closer Tanner Witt, Murray State, Akron, Xavier, Mississippi State's Kendall Graveman, Louisville righty Kyle Funkhouser, LSU right-hander Nick Rumbelow, Tennessee, Arkansas first-round righty Ryne Stanek, Vanderbilt's T.J. Pecoraro and Indiana lefty Will Coursen-Carr ... Batted .343 with runners on base, with eight homers and 47 RBI ... Batted .375 with runners in scoring position with five homers and 40 RBI ... Hit .366 with runners on and two outs, with three homers and 20 RBI ... Batted .462 with runners in scoring position and two outs, with two homers and 18 RBI ... Hit .400 (4-for-10) with the bases loaded, with one homer and 14 RBI ... In his 14 starts, UK averaged a staff-low 4.43 runs per game, with the UK defense fielding .969 ... Had a rocky last two starts as fatigue from his dual role began to show, seeing his ERA inflated from 2.84 to 4.04 over two starts ... Without his four starts that saw him allow at least four earned runs, would have had a 2-4 record and a 2.12 ERA in 63.2 innings ... Worked seven quality starts, owning a 1-2 record and a 1.49 ERA in those starts, tossing 48.1 innings ... In his 14 starts on the mound, hit .293 at the plate with two homers and 12 RBI ... Made his season debut on the mound in the season-opener, working five innings, allowing two runs, also going 4-for-5 with a triple at the plate ... Took the loss vs. eventual NCAA Tournament team Kansas State, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings ... Worked a quality start in a 21-2 win over Akron in his 2013 home debut ... Rebounded with seven shutout, five-hit innings in a series-opening win over Michigan State ... Suffered a tough loss at Florida in the SEC opener, working a 1-1 game into the seventh, before UK third baseman Paul McConkey made three errors in the inning to allow three unearned runs to score and give Reed a 4-1 loss ... Took another hard-luck loss as UK allowed three unearned runs to score in a setback vs. No. 14 Mississippi State ... Worked a career-long 8.1 innings in a series-opening start vs. Georgia, allowing just one run ... Had the best start among UK's starters during a huge series at No. 2 LSU, allowing four earned runs in five innings ... Worked a quality start in a no-decision vs. Tennessee, allowing two runs in 6.2 frames ... Had a 2-1 lead in the series opener at No. 16 South Carolina, before Joey Pankake and LB Dantzler hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth to give SC a lead and end his outing at 5.1 innings ... Worked 6.2 innings without allowing an earned run to snap a seven-game losing streak in a 5-2 win at No. 16 Ole Miss during the ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week ... Worked 7.2 innings in a hard-luck loss vs. No. 14 Arkansas, allowing two runs in 7.1 innings ... Had the worst start of his career vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt, allowing 12 hits and 10 runs in five innings ... Took a loss in a 4-2 series-opener at Missouri that saw UK in a must-win situation, allowing nine hits and four runs in 4.1 innings ... Had a 2-for-4 game with three RBI and his first homer of the year vs. Kansas State ... Belted second homer and drove in four RBI in UK's home opener vs. Murray State ... Went 4-for-5 with five RBI and a homer vs. Akron ... Homered in consecutive games in the second game of the series vs. Akron, going 3-for-4 with three RBI ... Was named SEC Player of the Week after the Akron series, where he finished with 15 RBI in a five-game week ... Notched second triple of the year at Florida ... Belted a homer and added a double in the series-evening win over No. 14 Mississippi State ... Hit homer at No. 9 Louisville to get the scoring started in the first inning ... Broke out of a mini-slump with a three-run homer at No. 2 LSU in the finale ... Had a homer in a four-RBI game in a win over Tennessee ... Went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double vs. No. 9 Louisville ... Belted a homer in a 3-hit game at No. 14 South Carolina ... Had a double in a two-hit game during UK's 18-inning marathon at Western Kentucky ... Homered in consecutive games vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 15 Indiana ... Had a breakout summer on the mound in the Cape Cod League, owning a 2.32 ERA and a 3-1 record in eight starts ... Tossed 42.2 innings, allowing 10 walks and 37 hits, striking out 41 ... At the plate, batted .176 (6-for-34) in 11 games, with two RBI and a 7-13 walk-strikeout ratio ... In a July 12 win, worked seven shutout innings with four hits allowed and eight strikeouts ... Worked five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a win on July 5 ... Allowed seven earned runs over his final six starts ... Had the third-best ERA in the CCBL.

2012
The first consensus first-team freshman All-America selection in program history ... Was a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, given to the top two-way player in college baseball by the College Baseball Hall of Fame ... Played in 55 games with 51 starts ... Batted .300 (60-for-200) with nine doubles, four homers and 43 RBI at the plate ... Was 5-3, 2.52 ERA on the mound in 16 games and five starts ... Tossed 53.2 innings, allowing 54 hits and nine walks, striking out 51 ... Ranked second on the club with 43 RBI and 11th in the SEC ... Among UK's all-time freshman record holders, ranked seventh in hits, 15th in average, 13th in runs and second in RBI ... Hit .289 (26-for-90) in 26 SEC games, with three doubles, one homer and 12 RBI ... Played in 29 games against SEC opponents, batting .324 (33-for-102) with three doubles, two homers and 15 RBI ... Inherited 16 runners on the mound, allowing only four to score ... Without his five-runs allowed vs. Louisville in his final non-conference start before the SEC Tourney, had a 1.76 ERA with a 5-2 record in 51 innings, allowing 45 hits and nine walks, striking out 47 ... Batted .309 (34-for-110) with six doubles, three homers and 31 RBI in non-conference action ... Batted .295 (31-for-105) in home games, with six doubles, three homers and 30 RBI ... Hit .281 (18-for-64) in away games, with two doubles and six RBI ... Pitched in five games in relief in SEC play, with a 1-0 record and a 3.38 ERA, striking out nine in eight innings ... Appeared in 11 games with five starts in non-conference action, with a 4-3 record and a 2.36 ERA, tossing 45.2 innings with 42 strikeouts ... Was 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA in eight appearances at home with four starts, striking out 25 in 25.2 innings ... Was 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA on the road ... Pitched in nine games that UK won, with a 5-0 record and a 1.36 ERA ... In 10 day games, had a 5-1 record and a 1.66 ERA, allowing 40 hits and eight walks in 43.1 innings ... Led UK in hitting in March, with a .400 average (30-for-75) ... Was 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA in his five starts ... Was 1-2 with a 1.91 ERA in relief, with 29 strikeouts, five walks and 25 hits allowed in 28.1 innings ... Launched a homer in his first career at bat at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... Hit .302 (42-for-116) with runner on base, .325 (13-for-40) with runners on and two outs and .299 (23-for-77) with runners in scoring position ... Allowed eight of his 17 runs in the first three innings ... Had a heroic outing in the NCAA Tournament opener vs. Kent State, a 21-inning marathon ... Started the game and played the first nine innings of the game as the DH, before moving to first base for the 10-12th innings and then taking the mound to toss the final nine innings of the game ... Allowed seven hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in his outing vs. the Flashes, accumulating nine at bats with a double ... Had a chance to be the walk-off run in the bottom of the 19th inning, trying to score from first base on a Michael Williams double, cramping between third base and home and getting thrown out as the walk-off run ... Collected 18 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games ... Made collegiate pitching debut by coming into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the season opener at Wofford, getting a strikeout and an out to get out of the jam ... Made first career start vs. Morehead State, tossing six innings with one run allowed ... Worked five innings with two runs and seven strikeouts in a start vs. Marshall ... Third start came with one run and six strikeouts in six innings vs. Wright State ... Made SEC debut in a winning effort with two shutout innings vs. No. 2 South Carolina on Saturday ... Worked 1.2 innings with one earned run allowed at Tennessee, his road SEC debut ... Allowed a run on four hits at No. 18 Georgia ... Worked a shutout inning vs. Dayton ... Worked 2.1 innings with one run allowed with two strikeouts vs. No. 10 Ole Miss ... Suffered first career loss vs. No. 19 Louisville, allowing nine hits and five runs in 2.2 innings ... Rebounded with 1.1 shutout innings at No. 20 Louisville ... Got two outs vs. No. 5 Florida ... Came on in relief at Indiana, with 5.1 innings without allowing an earned run in relief of midweek starter Chandler Shepherd ... Worked three innings with one run allowed at Murray State ... Made SEC starting debut vs. Ole Miss as the winner of the opener of the SEC Tournament, with 5.2 shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk, striking out three, also going 4-for-4 at the plate with a solo homer off Bobby Wahl ... Drew a walk and hung a sacrifice fly in the opener vs. Wofford ... Had two hits and three RBI vs. Eastern Michigan ... Launched a grand slam in his first home at bat, going for a career-high six RBI ... Had three-RBI games vs. UIC, Canisius and Wright State ... Had a three-hit game vs. Wright State ... Ran up a season-long 16-game hitting streak (March 9-April 1), the longest for a UK player in 2012 ... Had a 3-for-4 game with two RBI and a homer vs. No. 10 Ole Miss ... Launched homers vs. Buffalo, Wright State, No. 10 Ole Miss and Ole Miss in the SEC Tourney.

High School
Star two-way player for coach Kyle Kraemer at Terre Haute South High School ... The 2011 Indiana High School Player of the Year ... Named the MVP of the Indiana North/South All-Star series ... A two-time first-team all-state honoree and a three-time all-conference performer ... Finished his career with a .425 average, owning 159 hits, 110 runs, 31 doubles, 41 homers and 150 RBI ... On the mound in his career, totaling a 26-10 record with a 1.88 ERA, striking out 390 with 70 walks in 260 innings ... As a senior in 2011, totaled a .585 average with 48 hits, 45 runs, 10 doubles, 16 homers and 48 RBI, charting a 8-1 record with a 1.06 ERA on the mound, fanning 109 in 66 innings with 11 walks ... Set single-season records for homers (18), RBI (57), walks (47), average (.585), slugging (1.294) and career school records for games started (41), innings pitched (260), complete games (25) and strikeouts (390) ...In 2010, batted .478 with 43 hits, 30 runs, 10 doubles, 18 homers and 57 RBI, posting a 7-2 record and a 2.27 ERA with 98 strikeouts and 21 walks in 58.2 innings ... In 2009 , batted .343 with 34 hits, eight doubles, two homers and 18 RBI, charting a 6-3 record and a 1.15 ERA with 115 strikeouts and nine walks in 73 innings ... As a freshman in 2008, posted a .330 average with five homers and 27 RBI, with a 5-4 record and a 3.26 ERA, striking out 69 in 62.1 innings ... Led Terre Haute to the state final four as a senior.

Personal
Full name is Andrew Joseph Reed ... Son of Debbie Reed ... Has two older sisters, Carrie (32) and Leslie (33).

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