Young Guns – Cody Reed

The Enquirer/Kareen Elgazzar

Hello, Sports Fans! We’re back with another edition of your Young Guns series where we take a look at prospect pitchers getting their calls to the Major Leagues. To follow our piece on Jameson Taillon (great start, kid!), today we take a look at Cody Reed who will be making his Big League debut Saturday afternoon for the Reds at Minute Maid Park in Houston…

The 6’5″ 225 pound lefty was drafted 46th overall in the 2013 Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals, following a successful prep at Northwest Mississippi Community College (6 draft selections in the last 4 years). Reed moved up quickly but the Royals parted with him (plus Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb) to grab Johnny Cueto for their run to last season’s World Series.

The Reds saw immediate dividends in 2015 when Reed piled up a 6-2 mark and a 2.17 ERA over 8 post-trade starts with their AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This spring training in Arizona he matched that with another 2.17 ERA over 15 2/3 innings, pairing 16 strikeouts with 6 walks. This season, Cody was promoted to AAA-Louisville and he’s hung in pretty well by posting a 3.20 ERA over the 64 2/3 innings of 11 starts.

A Big Guy with Big Stuff. Rare for lefties, this kid’s fastball hangs in the mid-90s with strong control to both sides of the plate (63K and 17 BB at Louisville) paired with a dynamic slider, almost as equally devastating to both right and left-handed sticks. In our opinion the very best slider in the minors. On the down-side, his off-speed attempts are yet to reach Major League caliber.

The Reds have a 5.64 team ERA so this call-up is a legitimate shot at a regular spot in the rotation according to Manager Bryan Price. As tough as this season has been, Reds fans should be very excited about their pipeline of pitching talent. DeScafani is back, Finnegan and Lamb are up, Iglesias and Lorenzen are soon to return from the DL, while sharp prospects Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis are waiting their turns at AA.

At 23 years old we can’t rank Cody Reed quite where we did Taillon and no one is rescuing this season for the Reds but he’s a darn exiting piece – among many – in a fine long-term plan coming together for Cincinnati.

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