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Jimmy Reed, LHP, U. Md., 6th round pick of the Cardinals


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Anybody have any information or scouting reports on Jimmy Reed? He's the nephew of a friend of mine, so I'm curious. I figure Tony at least has probably seen him.

Senior sign -- $10,000-30,000 guy. FB/CH w/fringy breaking ball. Lack of weapon against lefty limits future LOOGY role. Org player w/potential upside as 7th inning reliever. Generally 86 to 89 mph, may tick up slightly with eventual move to pen.

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Senior sign -- $10,000-30,000 guy. FB/CH w/fringy breaking ball. Lack of weapon against lefty limits future LOOGY role. Org player w/potential upside as 7th inning reliever. Generally 86 to 89 mph, may tick up slightly with eventual move to pen.

I'm told he got $50 k, and signed, happy as a clam.

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Anybody have any information or scouting reports on Jimmy Reed? He's the nephew of a friend of mine, so I'm curious. I figure Tony at least has probably seen him.

I saw Reed last year and this year and I pretty much agree with Nick's assessment. The one thing though that made him stand out from an org guy for me is his ability to hold his stuff and velocity well into 100 pitches despite his small size. Both games I've seen him pitch he went over 100 pitches, closer to 115 pitches and both times he was still in the 87-89 range. I've seen him as high as 92 MPH and he'll touch 90-92 throughout the game, but he's a pretty solid 87-89 guy for me. He gets some sink and arm side run on his fastball and he'll get his share of groundballs. His changeup was his best off speed pitch. It has some depth and a little fade. He can flash an average breaking ball at times but it's not consistent.

For me, he was a great top ten round senior sign. Due to his ability to keep his velocity and stuff as well as his ability to get ground balls, I think his absolute ceiling is a 5th starter though he's probably more likely to end up a Troy Patton kind of guy. Like Nick said, he doesn't currently have the breaking stuff to be a LOOGY so that might limit his ability to be transitioned into a 7th inning role. I could see him filling a long reliever/swing man role.

His overall package is certainly fringy, but he showed an aptitude to pitch and put up good numbers as a Friday night starter this season. His size and below average velocity will turn some scouts off, but he may be one of those guys that slowly makes his way to the majors and ends up with a nice career.

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I saw Reed last year and this year and I pretty much agree with Nick's assessment. The one thing though that made him stand out from an org guy is his ability to hold his stuff and velocity well into 100 pitches despite his small size. Both games I've seen him pitch he went over 100 pitches, closer to 115 pitches and both times he was still in the 87-89 range. I've seen him as high as 92 MPH and he'll touch 90-92 throughout the game, but he's a pretty solid 87-89 guy for me. He gets some sink and arm side run on his fastball and he'll get his share of groundballs. His changeup was his best off speed pitch. It has some depth and a little fade. He can flash an average breaking ball at times but it's not consistent.

For me, he was a great top ten round senior sign. Due to his ability to keep his velocity and stuff as well as his ability to get ground balls, I think his absolute ceiling is a 5th starter though he's probably more likely to end up a Troy Patton kind of guy. Like Nick said, he doesn't currently have the breaking stuff to be a LOOGY so that might limit his ability to be transitioned into a 7th inning role. I could see him filling a long reliever/swing man role.

His overall package is certainly fringy, but he showed an aptitude to pitch and put up good numbers as a Friday night starter this season. His size and below average velocity will turn some scouts off, but he may be one of those guys that slowly makes his way to the majors and ends up with a nice career.

Good Stuff. Nice to know. A little Steve Johnson in him?

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I thought this would be a fun thread to bump on draft day. As mentioned in the OP, Jimmy Reed was a Terp pitcher, drafted in the 6th round two years ago, who is a nephew of a colleague of mine at work. So, I've followed his career, and it is proceeding nicely. Last year he got promoted mid-season from low to hi A (with a couple of spot starts in AA). This year he started at hi A again, posting a 2.15 ERA, and last week he was promoted to the AA Springfield team. Last week, in his first start this year in AA, he lasted 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. Nice to see a local kid doing well.

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I thought this would be a fun thread to bump on draft day. As mentioned in the OP, Jimmy Reed was a Terp pitcher, drafted in the 6th round two years ago, who is a nephew of a colleague of mine at work. So, I've followed his career, and it is proceeding nicely. Last year he got promoted mid-season from low to hi A (with a couple of spot starts in AA). This year he started at hi A again, posting a 2.15 ERA, and last week he was promoted to the AA Springfield team. Last week, in his first start this year in AA, he lasted 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. Nice to see a local kid doing well.

Congratulations!

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