The Cincinnati Reds made several trades during the season as they had expiring contracts and weren’t in contention. One of those trades brought back left handed pitcher Cody Reed from Kansas City. Before joining the Reds organization the lefty had spent the year split between Wilmington in the Carolina League and with Northwest Arkansas in the hitter friendly Texas League.

Between the two stops Reed posted a 2.53 ERA in 95.0 innings. Once he joined the Reds organization he was sent to Double-A Pensacola to join the Blue Wahoos rotation. It’s been more of the same as he’s made seven starts and posted a 2.47 ERA in 43.2 innings with 51 strikeouts. Let’s take a look at his stats for the season:

Year Tm Lev W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2015 Wilmington A+ 5 5 2.14 67.1 62 3 18 65 1.19
2015 NW Arkansas AA 2 2 3.45 28.2 26 3 8 19 1.19
2015 Pensacola AA 5 2 2.47 43.2 36 1 14 51 1.15
2015 Total 12 9 2.51 139.2 124 7 40 135 1.17

The former second rounder (2013) made big strikes from his first two seasons as a pro. He’s walked just 40 batters this season in 139.2 innings. In the previous two seasons he had walked 59 batters in 113.2 innings, going from a very high walk rate to a low walk rate. The improved control has also led to more strikeouts as he’s gone from 6.6 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched to 8.7 this season.

Here’s some video from a start earlier this season against the Birmingham Barons.

Scouting Report

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Fastball | In this particular game the left hander was throwing 92-94 MPH. The pitch didn’t have too much movement, but did come across the zone due to his 3/4 arm action.

Slider | The pitch was not the most consistent on this night, but showed itself as an above-average offering at times. It was a little bit flat a few times though.

Change Up | Coming into the game I had reports that labeled this as a third pitch, and while it was said to be average and had improved during the season, it was the pitch that impressed me the most. While he didn’t go to it often, when he did it showed good movement. It had nice fading action and some armside run to it.

The game that I watched in person wasn’t the best one for Reed, in fact, it may have been the worst one he has had all year. He allowed five runs in the first inning of the game and didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning while walking five batters in the game.

In the three starts since then he’s allowed just five runs over 26.0 innings with 30 strikeouts and five walks, so he certainly rebounded well from his rough outing well.

With three good pitches and an ability to throw strikes he could be knocking on the door of the big leagues as early as mid-season in 2016 if the Reds are in need of a pitcher to come up.

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