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Astros prospect A.J. Reed wins 2015 Bauman Home Run Award

The Hooks first baseman hit 34 home runs to lead Minor League Baseball.

Reed after being signing with the Astros.
Reed after being signing with the Astros.

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.

The Astros selected Reed in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft with 42nd overall pick out of the University of Kentucky. Reed won the 2014 Golden Spikes award.

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).