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Why A's fans will love Buddy Reed, prospect acquired in Padres trade

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The A's traded second baseman Jurickson Profar to the San Diego Padres earlier in December, which brought catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later to Oakland.

That player to be named later would ultimately be Buddy Reed -- and there is plenty to get excited about with the talented center fielder.

As far as his numbers go, the 24-year-old slashed .228/.310/.388 with a career-high 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 121 games last season for the Padres' Double-A affiliate. He also ranked seventh in the Texas League with 23 stolen bases. 

MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo complimented Reed, saying he's an all-around excellent athlete.

"He has tremendous tools, he just needs to refine them," Mayo told NBC Sports California. "He's one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball and there's no doubt he could play center in the big leagues right now and be a Gold Glove-caliber defender."

His 2018 season was one for the books as he received just about every minor-league award you could imagine, including being selected to the Futures Game. That's where he really shined, and not just on the field.

"He also is a plus, plus, plus personality," Mayo added.

The A's No. 22 ranked prospect was mic'd up during the Future's Game and, well:

Mayo said fans are going to love him. 

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He will also be reunited with top prospect A.J. Puk -- the two were teammates at the University of Florida. 

Reed will be a non-rostered invitee to spring training, but it's safe to say he's the perfect fit for Oakland's organization.