Reed was part of the Reds’ haul in the Johnny Cueto deal last July, and made his debut with the organization at Double-A Pensacola. In eight starts for the Blue Wahoos, Reed went 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 1.12 WHIP while racking up 60 strikeouts in just 49.2 innings. Promoted to Triple-A Louisville to begin 2016, he posted a 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 64.2 innings while whiffing 63 batters before his recent call to the bigs.
The left-hander was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Royals. He’s a top-three prospect in the Reds organization and a consensus top-100 prospect in all of baseball. He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at a solid 225 pounds, and the 23-year-old uses that frame to pump his fastball in near the mid-90s on average. Reed also has a downright filthy slider that can dominate hitters on both sides of the plate. Impressive for such a young gun, there’s a refined third weapon in Reed’s arsenal as well. Option three is a changeup that comes in at close to the same speed as his slider.
Cincinnati’s hope for the future put his repertoire on display in his MLB debut June 18 against the Astros. Of Reed’s nine punchouts, the slider went for the final strike on six of them. His secondary pitches induced a ridiculous number of swings and misses — a whiff rate of 32.4 percent. The rookie will likely deal with hiccups along the way, but Reed is already a polished pitcher and will only get better with time.
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