The Minor League seasons are over, the September call ups have been made -- it's time to hand out the hardware. The Houston Astros Development Department announced today that first baseman A.J. Reed has been named the Astros Minor League Player of the Year, and right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove has been named the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Reed, 22, led all of minor league baseball in home runs (34), RBI (127) and OPS (1.044) in what was his first full season in professional baseball. In between Double A Corpus Christi and Class A Advanced Lancaster (82 games), Reed batted .340 (178x523) with 113 runs scored, 30 doubles, five triples, 34 home runs, 127 RBIs, 86 walks, .432 OBP, .612 SLG, and 1.044 OPS.
Houston selected Reed in the second round of 2014 draft out of Kentucky, he was named the 2015 California League Most Valuable Player, ESPN.com's Prospect of the Year and a Baseball America Minor League All-Star in addition to being a finalist for both USA Today's 2015 Minor League Player of the Year award and Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year award.
Musgrove, 22, pitched at three different levels in the Astros minor league system in 2015, combining to go 12-1 with a 1.88 ERA (21ER/100.2IP), 99 strikeouts and just eight walks between Double A Corpus Christi (8g), Class A Advanced Lancaster (6g) and Class A Quad Cities (5g).
The Astros acquired Musgrove as part of the J.A. Happ trade in 2012, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound right-hander led all of minor league baseball with a 12.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio (min. 100IP), the highest mark produced by a minor league pitcher since at least 2006. A supplemental first round pick by the Blue Jays in 2011 (46th overall), Musgrove posted the fourth-best ERA in the minors this season with a 1.88 mark.
The Astros will honor both players before Saturday's game against the Rangers.