NAME: Chris Reed
WEIGHT: 195 LBS
SEASON IN REVIEW
Chris Reed, a left-handed pitcher who was born in London, England spent his season in Double-A where he was mostly over-shadowed by highly thought of right-handed pitcher Zach Lee. Nevertheless, Reed, a 23 year-old from Stanford University, finished the season as the Dodgers’ number six overall prospect in their minor league system. He was selected by the Dodgers in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 Draft.
This season with the Chattanooga Lookouts, Reed turned in a deceiving season. Some outings he was on and pitching effectively and others not so much. He finished the season with a 4-11 record and an ERA of 3.86. He started 25 games and appeared in 29 games and in 137.2 innings, the lefty struck out 106 batters and allowed 59 earned runs. He had one complete game shutout and allowed opponents to hit for an average of .250 against him. Some of Reed’s struggles came from command issues as he allowed an alarming 63 walks on the season.
FUTURE GOING FORWARD
Reed will be a work in progress even though he possesses quality stuff given his 106 strikeouts last season. His command issues are something that need to be fixed before he makes the jump to the big leagues. Reed could possibly begin Spring Training with the big league roster, but it’s more realistic to keep him in Triple-A while he figures out his command. Wherever Reed starts the spring, he’ll need to come out of the gate quick and prove that he can control the strike zone to prove he can be an effective pitcher.
The Dodgers’ will be searching for pitching next season as they try to fill out the back end of the rotation and solidify their bullpen from last year. If Reed can make the necessary command improvements there should be no reason why he can’t make the jump into a bigger role within the organization.
As the David Price sweepstakes heat up, the Dodgers will continue to linked to the Rays left-hander. One could only think that if the Rays are going to get rid of their star lefty, they might want a lefty in return to develop and be a big part of their organization moving forward. Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Joc Pederson have all been mentioned by name and it’s possible Reed finds his way into trade talks.
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