Padres prospects Potts, Reed rake in AFL

October 18th, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A pair of Padres prospects from the 2016 Draft class led the Peoria Javelinas to a 7-2 win over the Surprise Saguaros on Wednesday afternoon.
Hudson Potts, the Padres' No. 23 prospect, and Buddy Reed (No. 13) were first- and second-round picks, respectively, in 2016.
Potts, a third baseman, started Wednesday's scoring with a three-run home run to left field in the first inning.
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"He hung a breaking ball there, and I got a good piece of it," Potts said.
Potts went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a stolen base. The 19-year-old spent the past three seasons in the Minors, where he's batted .261 with 40 total home runs.
During the 2018 Minor League season, Potts hit .260 with 19 home runs and 63 RBIs between Double-A San Antonio and Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. He was teammates for much of the season with Reed, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases on Wednesday.
"We have a very close relationship, ever since the beginning," Potts said of Reed. "It's great seeing him and all the success he's had."
Reed, 23, played collegiately at Florida. After struggling in his first year in the Minors, he played in Australia for a short period in 2017.
"I figured a lot of things out over there with my swing and my mechanics, and even running on the bases and my defense," Reed said on his time with the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. "It was overall a total package for me over there in learning how to control and play the game better."

Reed batted .271 with 13 homers and 62 RBIs during the Minor League season. But his most valuable asset may be his speed. He also stole 51 bases, his career high in the pros.
Reed is batting .389 in four Fall League games. He feels good about where his game is at, as well as Potts' development.
"It's pretty cool to see how much he's grown up as a man," Reed said of Potts, "He doesn't look like a 19-year-old, but he's a big dude. He's progressing so well through the Minors right now, and it's cool to see him here and see him be successful."