The 2014 MLB Draft begins today, and Kentucky Wildcats pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed is widely projected to go somewhere in the first round.
Reed completed one of the most historic seasons in college baseball history in 2014, leading the nation in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211), while ranking fourth in the nation in pitching victories (12).
He hit .336 with 18 doubles, one triple, 73 RBI, 49 walks and a .476 on-base percentage. On the mound, Reed finished with a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts, working 112 innings, allowing 98 hits and 29 walks, striking out 71.
MLB Draft Insider’s Chris Crawford has the Boston Red Sox snagging Reed with the 26th pick. Seeing Reed go to a franchise that’s won three World Series titles over the past decade would be nice to see.
MLB.com has its final mock draft out, and they’ve got the Cleveland Indians taking Reed at No. 31.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports projects Reed to go to the Oakland A’s at pick No. 25.
USA Today sports has Reed going to the Kansas City Royals at pick No. 28.
David Daniels of the bleacher Report has Reed going to the Detroit Tigers with the 23rd-overall selection.
Most believe Reed, currently a junior, will forego his senior season at UK so long as he’s taken in the first or second round of this year’s draft.