All-time Kentucky Wildcats great, A.J. Reed has decided to move on from the game. The 26-year old has informed WTHI News10 that he is retiring from major league baseball.

At Kentucky in 2014, Reed put together arguably the most impressive individual season in program history. He slashed .336/.476.735 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI’s while also starting 16 games on the mound in which he posted a 2.09 ERA and a record of 12-2.

Reed’s outstanding season earned him the 2014 SEC Player of the Year Award and the Golden Spikes Award presented to amateur baseball’s best regular season player. 

After the season, he was drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. He made his major league debut for Houston in 2016 in a season that saw him play in 45 games batting .149 with three home runs.

Reed would play in just three MLB games combined the next two seasons but did earn a 2017 World Series ring after appearing in two games for the Astros that season.

In July of 2019, Reed was designated for assignment by Houston but quickly picked up by the Chicago White Sox. He played in 14 games for Chicago in which he batted just .136 with one home run.

After struggling to hit his stride, Reed’s pro career comes to an end with a career average of .149 with four home runs and 12 RBI’s. 

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