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Chris Reed was the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick back in 2011, selected with the No. 16 overall pick out of Stanford and signed for $1.589 million.
Though Reed was primarily a reliever in college, the Dodgers decided to deploy the 24-year-old left-hander as a starter, and by the end of the 2012 season he was pitching at Double-A Chattanooga. Since then, Reed has spent most of the last two years at that level, posting a 3.54 ERA over 274.2 total innings.
However, though he’s achieved favorable results overall, Reed’s control and command hasn’t progressed as hoped, as evidenced by his 222-118 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Still, after 310 total innings at Chattanooga over parts of the last three seasons, Reed finally was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque last week, where he’s gone 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA in 7.1 innings over his first two starts.
If the Dodgers decided to promote Reed in September, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the team will use him out of the bullpen, where his deceptive delivery, mid-90s fastball and hard slider could make him effective in short bursts.