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Christopher William Reed
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 5", Weight 215 lb.
- School Stanford University
- High School Cleveland High School
- Debut August 1, 2015
- Final Game August 3, 2015
- Born May 20, 1990 in London England
Chris Reed was a first-round pick in 2011.
Reed allowed three runs in 2 1/3 IP as a college freshman at Stanford University in 2009. The next year, he was 2-0 with a 6.20 ERA and 15 walks in 20 2/3 IP. As a junior, he made big strides, going 6-2 with 9 saves, a 2.56 ERA and .211 opponent average. He cut his walk rate (17 in 52 2/3 IP) while fanning 52. He was third in the Pac-10 Conference in saves. His fastball peaked at 96 mph in college. Scouted by Orsino Hill, the Los Angeles Dodgers took Reed with the 16th pick of the 2011 amateur draft.
Even though Reed was represented by agent Scott Boras, known for dragging negotiations to the very limit, he signed with the Dodgers for $1.589 million on August 11th, a few days ahead of the August 15th deadline at a time when a majority of the year's first rounders were still unsigned.
Reed made his pro debut in 2011 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in 3 starts. Back with the Quakes to begin 2012, he was 1-4 with a more impressive 3.09 ERA in 7 outings before being promoted to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. He was 0-4 with a 4.84 ERA in 12 starts there, walking 20 in 35 1/3 IP. He played in the 2012 Futures Game. He was 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA and 2.40 WHIP in 11 games for the Mesa Solar Sox.
Born in England, he was on the Great Britain national team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Starting their opener against Team Canada, he allowed two hits, two walks and two unearned runs in 2 2/3 IP before Kyle Wilson relieved. Back with the Lookouts in 2013, he was 4-11 but with a 3.86 ERA. Control remained iffy as he walked 63 in 137 2/3 IP. He tied Roenis Elias and Scott Snodgress for 4th in the Southern League in losses and was 5th in walks (between Bradin Hagens and Daniel Renken). He tied Rob Rasmussen for third in the Dodgers chain in losses and was third in walks (after Andres Santiago and Zachary Bird). To that point, he was 5-20 in the minors.
Reed was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA for the Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan League. In the summer of 2014, he pitched for Chattanooga (4-8, 3.22) and the Albuquerque Isotopes (0-3, 10.97) for another 4-11 year. He was third in the LA chain in losses (after Bird and Zach Lee), led in IP (158 1/3, 8 more than Lee), was second with 98 runs allowed (7 behind Lee), was second in walks (66, 27 behind Fabio Martinez) and was third with 134 strikeouts.
Chris began 2015 in the bullpen with the Tulsa Drillers (2-2, Sv, 7.23 in 16 G, 18 BB in 23 2/3 IP) and the Oklahoma City Dodgers (3.27 ERA in 8 G). He was then traded to the Miami Marlins for Grant Dayton. He was 1-0 with a 3.92 ERA in 14 games for the New Orleans Zephyrs, striking out 23 in 20 2/3 IP but walking 13. It was his first winning season in the pro ranks. He was briefly called up to the majors. In his MLB debut, he relieved Adam Conley in the 8th with a 5-3 deficit against San Diego. He retired Justin Upton, Yonder Alonso and Derek Norris in order. In the 9th, he allowed a single to Jedd Gyorko then retired Alexi Amarista, Clint Barmes and Will Venable to cap a fine debut. Two days later, he replaced André Rienzo with a 10-0 deficit in the 7th against the Mets. He gave up a walk and four singles, including a two-run single to Curtis Granderson, then pitched a shutout 8th before Brian Ellington relieved in the 9th. He was then sent back down with Chris Narveson getting called up to take his spot.
The lefty split 2016 between the Jacksonville Suns (1-0, 3.07 in 4 G) and New Orleans (3-4, 3.78 in 20 G), both starting and relieving. Back with Great Britain for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, he relieved Blake Taylor with a 3-2 lead in the 5th against Brazil, which was defending its spot from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Reed scattered seven hits and a walk, allowing only one run in 4 2/3 IP, while fanning five, leaving with a 4-3 lead when Daniel Cooper replaced him. Reed got credit for the win. He led the British staff in whiffs, one ahead of Roth, Spencer Kreisberg and Greg Hendrix. For all the qualifiers, he was 4th in hits allowed, behind Carl Michaels, Inayat Khan and Owen Ozanich, all of whom had ERAs over 8 to Reed's 1.93. Among pitchers with 3+ IP in the qualifiers, no one had a better ERA than Reed's with having such a WHIP due to his battling out of jams successfully. Britain's bid for a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic fell short as Israel topped them in the finale when they did not use either of their MLB-experienced hurlers (Reed and Roth).