Player: Cody Reed
Drafted by: Kansas City Royals (No. 46 Overall)
DOB: 4/15/1993 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6’5”/220 lbs
School: Northwest Mississippi Community College
Previously Drafted: N/A
Left-handers with mid-90s velocity don't stay on draft boards too long. As such, don't expect teams to get more than a couple chances to pass on Cody Reed, formerly of Horn Lake High in Mississippi. Reed has spent the past two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College, and in addition to posting a 16-5 record with an incredible 10 complete games, he has grown into a serious talent, one worthy of first-round consideration. And oh yeah, he tossed a complete-game no-hitter as a freshman.
Unfortunately, there isn't a wealth of knowledge about Reed, other than the fact that he's a big guy who throws really hard. He's committed to Ole Miss, where he figures to replace departing ace Bobby Wahl, assuming he doesn't follow Wahl to the pros.
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Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Reed has a fairly clean delivery and has done a ton of work on his throwing motion since setting foot on NWMCC's campus. His pitches seem to come at hitters quicker than usual thanks to his great height and incredible arm extension. Has trouble repeating his delivery, which is usually a problem with bigger pitchers. As a result, he's racked up 72 walks in 137.2 innings in college, where let's be honest, the competition isn't that impressive. Will need to iron out the kinks preventing him from repeating his delivery if he's going to be anything more than frustrating. Reed is a great athlete considering his large size.
Reed's fastball sat in the 84-88 mph range coming out of high school; two years later he sits 92-97 mph; pitch looks even faster due to Reed's height and arm extension; often struggles to command the pitch in the strike zone.
Reed's best secondary pitch is his curve; sits 79-83 mph and has great movement; has been a devastating pitch at NWMCC and has above-average potential at the professional level; needs to sharpen his command of the pitch; right now he can survive off getting hitters to chase the pitch, but he'll need better command of the offering for it to be a credible weapon at the big league level; began working with a slider this season, but for now it's a distant fourth offering behind his fastball, curve and changeup.
Change is his weakest offering; really just added it to his arsenal last year; not as much movement as you'd like to see; 82-86 mph range; development of change will be essential if he wants to do anything more than relieve; one positive is his arm action on the change, it closely resembles his fastball and he can catch hitters off guard.
Control is severely lacking; in addition to 72 walks in less than 140 innings at NWMCC, Reed also unleashed 13 wild pitches, 11 of which have come this year, and 15 HBP, 10 of which have come this year; ironing out the rest of the kinks in his throwing motion should alleviate some of his control issues, although pitchers who have these kind of issues in college rarely figure them out in the minors or majors.
Command of fastball is average, but other offerings get no higher than a 40 grade; if he doesn't improve command, and I'd say there's a 50-50 shot he doesn't, he'll be out of pro ball very quickly; hopefully professional-level coaching will help him.
MLB Player Comparison: Jon Niese
Projection: Ceiling as No. 3 or 4 starter; more likely back-end starter or middle reliever who shows flashes of dominance.
MLB ETA: 2019
Chances of Signing: 90%
Reed didn't attend Northwest Mississippi Community College for the education. He went there so he could be draft-eligible faster than if he attended a Division I school. He'll be extra motivated to sign considering he went undrafted out of high school.