A.J. Reed Launches Two Doubles in Two at Bats; Lucas Witt Steals Home Plate
2012 No. 9 prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate League (Baseball America) 41st round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft (Rockies)
Outlook Highly projectable right-handed talent is coming off a breakout summer while leading his summer league team to the circuit crown ... Has good arm strength, with good command of a breaking ball and changeup ... Great athlete, averaged 18.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a senior for Catholic, leading the Knights to the boy's basketball Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in three of his four years.
Summer Had a dominant summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, leading Amsterdam to the league title while teaming with UK teammates Thomas Bernal, Jeff Boehm and Chandler Shepherd ... Made nine starts for the Mohawks, with a 3-2 record and a 3.71 ERA ... Tossed 61 innings, allowing 51 hits and 19 walks, striking out 49 ... Held opponents to a .259 average.
2012 Appeared in six games in relief, as the Wildcats were blessed with a deep, talented bullpen that owned a 40-0 record when leading after seven innings ... Has a 0-0 record and a 2.25 ERA, tossing four innings, allowing five hits and one run, walking one and striking out three ... Made season debut with two outs vs. UIC ... Got two outs vs. Canisius, working around a double ... Worked an inning vs. Dayton, allowing two hits and one run ... Worked a shutout inning vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, getting an out vs. No. 19 Louisville ... Got one out vs. Cincinnati on April 17.
High School One of the top prospects in the state, turned down the Colorado Rockies as a 41st round pick in 2011 to attend Kentucky ... Rated as the fifth-best player in the state by IHigh.com and the second-best player in the state by MaxPreps.com ... Earned first-team All-State honors as a senior in 2011, posting a 7-0 record and a 0.96 ERA in 51 innings ... Led Lexington Catholic to the district and regional championship in 2011 and the state championship as a sophomore ... Star on the basketball court as a nominee for the McDonalds All-America game and as a third-team all-state performer ... Led Catholic to the state basketball Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... Earned a total of eight letters ... Averaged 18.1 points per game for Catholic in 2010-11, shooting 59-percent from the field and 33-percent from 3-point range ... Led Catholic with 7.3 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
Personal Full name is Taylor Brett Martin ... Son of Rodney and Carol ... Born Jan. 9, 1992 in Lebanon, Tenn. ... Father played baseball for UK (1984-85) and for Cumberland University (Tenn.) seeing time in the infield ... In 1984, Rodney played in 10 games for UK, batting .280 (7-for-25) with two RBI, one double and two stolen bases ... In 1985, Rodney played in 17 games for the Wildcats on a team that featured MLB standouts Terry Schumpert (2B) and Jim Leyritz (3B) in the infield ... Batted .256 (11-for-43) in 1985 with one double and four RBI.