A.J. Reed has been knocking the cover off the ball. The Double A Corpus Christi Hooks first baseman hit 34 long balls this season. Today, Minor League Baseball named Reed winner of the 2015 Joe Bauman Award, presented by Musco Sports Lighting.
Reed will be honored at the Baseball Winter meetings with a trophy and a check representing $200 for each home run he hit ($6,800 is nothing to sneeze at).
The award has been named out since 2002 and is named after Joe Bauman, who set a then-professional record with 72 home runs in 1954 while playing for the Roswell Rockets of the Class-C Longhorn League.
Reed batted .340 (178x523) with 34 home runs, 113 runs scored, 30 doubles, 5 triples and 127 RBIs in 135 games between High A Lancaster (53 games) and Double Corpus Christi (82).