2011 MLB Draft Grades: Why Would Dodgers Reach for LHP Chris Reed at No. 16?
Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford
After a stellar junior campaign in which he posted a 2.54 ERA out of Stanford's bullpen, Reed is now starting to hear his name and the term "first-round" in the same sentence.
And in the first round he went! No. 16 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, in fact.
Reed struck out 48 batters in 49.2 innings and saved nine games for the Cardinal. Reed features low 90s velocity, which would likely diminish if he were forced into a starting role. He features a great slider which has been a devastating out pitch for him this season. He's also shown the makings of a decent changeup.
The biggest thing Reed has going for him is his likeliness to sign a slot-deal, something that's no doubt very appealing to the Dodgers. That, and he's likely to reach the majors pretty quickly, a la Drew Storen. Still, he's definitely a reach that high.
Draft grade: C+
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