Astros' 2nd rounder Reed wins Howser Trophy

Astros' 2nd rounder Reed wins Howser Trophy
June 14, 2014, 5:00 pm
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A.J. Reed, who was the Astros' second-round pick in the recent MLB Draft, was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday.

The Dick Howser Trophy is given to "the player who best represents courage, character, leadership, and performance" and is voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

This season, playing for the University of Kentucky, Reed led all of Division I in home runs (23), slugging percentage (.735), and OPS (1.211). He was second in total bases (164) and third in RBI (73). He also batted .336. Though he'll be a hitter in the pros, Reed also showed his prowess on the mound, going 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA.

Past winners of the award include Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, David Price, Kris Bryant, Mike Zunino, and Houston-native Anthony Rendon.

Reed signed with Houston this past Wednesday. He has been assigned to the Astros' short-season A-ball affiliate of Tri-City.

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