According to Rick Semmler in the interview above, the newly acquired AJ Reed will be joining the White Sox for the upcoming series in Oakland. This news is surprising, as he was just snatched off of waivers by the White Sox on Monday and sent to AAA Charlotte. The White Sox must have had a quick change of heart, as he was supposed to spend time in the minors in order to get back on track.
Reed was previously with the Houston Astros organization, where he was once a highly regarded prospect after winning the Golden Spikes Award at the University of Kentucky. Once considered a Top 50 Prospect in the MLB, he didn’t live up to expectations within a Houston Astros organization that is filled with young talent that is contributing at the major league level.
Over limited time in the major leagues, he is good for a career -0.8 WAR, .153/.253/.244 slash line, and three home runs. He has spent his whole 2019 season in AAA, where he contributed a .224/.329/.469 slash line and 12 home runs. His career major league and his 2019 AAA stats don’t seem to be deserving of a call-up when players already in the organization, such as Matt Skole and Yermin Mercedes, are posting better numbers while also spending more time within the White Sox system. While the move is questionable, the White Sox must believe that a change of scenery is all that Reed needs to turn his career around, and the change of scenery is an immediate implant onto the 25-man roster.
Reed is looking to string together some success like he had in June, where he got on base at a .385 clip and hit seven homers.
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