Chris Reed, a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher out of Stanford University, is entering his fourth professional season after being selected in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Upon entering the 2013 season. Reed was considered to be the fifth best prospect within the Dodgers’ organization according to MLB.com.
Reed’s experience has been limited to the minor leagues, failing to elevate above AA Chattanooga in his three seasons in the professional ranks. Last season was his first full season at AA Chattanooga, which saw him appear in 29 games (starting 25), posting a 4-11 record and a 3.86 ERA. His WHIP numbers have remained fairly consistent for his career, hovering around 1.38.
The 2013 season saw Reed double the number of innings he’s pitched in his career, along with nearly double the strikeouts (106). He has some control issues, failing to command many of his pitches in the strike zone. His K/BB ratio is border-line abysmal at 1.68, which certainly contributes to his elevated ERA.
Reed will get his shot at some point down the road, but, in order to do so, he will need to reduce the number of walks he allows. You simply cannot walk half as many as you strike out and expect to be successful at any level, let alone Major League Baseball. The Dodgers are deep on pitching this year, but there’s a decent chance that the door will be a bit more widely opened next season. If he can put together a successful 2014 season in the minors, and possibly earn a promotion to AAA at some point this season, he should have a chance of making the team out of Spring Training in 2015.
Vinny Gala is a writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @VinnyGala.