Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Impact Rookies- AJ Reed

AJ Reed, 1B/DH.  B-L, T-L.  DOB:  5/10/1993.  6'4", 240 lbs.  Organization:  Astros

A+:  .346/.449/.638, 23 HR, 15.3 BB/9, 19.0 K/9, 385 PA.
AA:  .332/.405/.571, 11 HR, 11.4 BB/9, 20.7 K/9, 237 PA.
AFL:  .231/.326/.385, 1 HR, 13.0 BB/9, 17.4 K/9, 46 PA.

AJ Reed was the Astros second round draft pick in 2014, #42 overall and #1 in the second round out of Kentucky.  He had a tremendous offensive season in 2015 over 2 levels.  Not only did he show tremendous HR power and draw a lot of walks, but he also kept his K rate down at a reasonable level.  He's a bit of a two dimensional player, with both dimensions coming on offense, but there's enough offense that he will be valuable even as a DH.  He may start the season in AAA, but he will almost surely not stay there long.  He will be immediately rosterable in all fantasy baseball formats as soon as he is called up.

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