So the Dodgers just drafted a college closer who they think might convert to a starting pitcher. Sound familiar? Josh Lindblom was in the same situation and it took switching him from starter to reliever and back about 6 times before they finally left him as a reliever. There was a lot of higher ranked talent on the board, According to Scout.com and their top 100 draft prospects, the Dodgers just added the 54th best prospect at pick 16. Thanks for the slot Frank you are free to leave anytime you wish.
Here is the scourting report on Reed from ESPN’s Keith Law:
The genius of college coaches: Chris Reed, a 6-foot-4 left-hander who sits 92-94 as a reliever with two off-speed pitches that will at least flash above-average, has made exactly one start this year for Stanford, instead working out of the pen where he’s been successful but wasted.
Reed adds a sharp, short slider in the 82-84 mph range to that fastball and will show a very hard-fading changeup in the upper 70s, throwing strikes with all three pitches but not yet showing the fastball command he’ll need to start in the big leagues. He comes from a slot just under three-quarters and repeats his delivery well enough to start, although he could stay upright longer and get more downhill plane on the fastball.Many scouts like Reed as a potential starter, and we know he can pitch in the bullpen if that doesn’t work out, but I like his chances to end up a No. 2 or 3 starter once he’s stretched out.
Jim Bowden the former Major League GM had this to say about the Reed pick:
Dodgers took Chris Reed…..was Stanfords closer…like Drew Storen, great make-up, intelligent…signable, quick to major leagues…..wipe out slider….Big physical power lefty 92-94 good change-up…nasty nasty movement….will become a starter for them…..this was a great reach down and take my guy draft by Logan White who’s history includes the drafting of Clayton Kershaw…..I love this pick here