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Dodgers’ prospect Chris Reed throws six no-hit innings

chris_reed_spring_greencapEver since Chris Reed was overdrafted by the Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft, I haven’t been on his bandwagon. Last year, I noticed his solid performance and ate just a small serving of crow.

Well, if his start to the 2014 is any predictor, I might be in line for huge plate of crow before too long. But I’m still skeptical about his long-term success.

Reed threw six innings of no-hit ball in Chattanooga on Wednesday for the Lookouts. He struck out nine batters while he walked three. He also posted a 6-3 ground out-to-flyout ratio. On the season, he has a 1.02 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 3.63 FIP and has 22 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. Last season, he started getting more ground balls (2.19 GO/AO) and fewer strikeouts (10.0 K/9). Yes, his ERA is out-performing his FIP significantly right now, but he’s still off to a solid start.

If Reed has indeed found his strikeout stuff again, coupled with a solid groundball rate, there’s a chance he could make it as a starter. There aren’t a ton of sinkerballing lefties who can strike hitters out (Chris Sale — a player Reed was lazily compared to by draft pundits and Internet folk — comes to mind). It’s a small chance, but a chance nonetheless.

Reed is anchoring the Lookouts’ rotation, along with Carlos Frias and Andres Santiago. They’re performing relatively well, and they’re going to need to because there isn’t a ton of offensive potential at Double-A right now.

The odds are against Reed making it as a starter — as they are against a lot of minor-league starters who have reliever profiles. We’ll see if he can keep it up. If he does, then he becomes a valuable trade chip come July — something that would probably work out best for all parties involved.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


394 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i ain't gonna lie, i'm not real excited about maholm pitching tonight. we got an ugly, but effective outing from our other mystery starter last night. hope it happens again. 

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Our most curmudgeonly of official scorers is working tonight. He's been griping about everything from Lee taking too much time between pitches to the in-game promotions. Thank you, lord, for the start of Penguins-Jackets third period. I can listen to the radio broadcast now and not him.

ryus_hadouken
ryus_hadouken

 Time for me to once again complain about Livefyre and promote Disqus! AHA!

MFYG
MFYG

batting second and obviously playing second base, SVS.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ryus_hadouken  No. For all of its issues, livefyre is way better than discus for the style of commenting people do here.

KMT59
KMT59

@Noel D  trying to take out our players? or predict who will get hurt next...though SVS is a long shot on that last one

Tired Maths Cat
Tired Maths Cat

@Noel D  I Andre is 20, Kemp is 1, Puig is 18, and I forget what the other numbers are. But why are NONE of them bullseye? 

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

@Disgruntled Goat @WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) @*VND*  I think dogs are fine outdoors in a fenced yard, as ours is (though he often prefers to be indoors). I think they're also OK on trails, either leashed or under voice control, or in fenced dog parks. I appreciate responsible dog owners, but I do resent people who let their cats run loose to shit in our vegetable beds.

Anyway, I presume you no longer think I was proposing speed-baked cat for dinner.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) @*VND*  Hey Wbbsas, read your post earlier. Thanks. FWIW, my cats live indoors, only frolic in they yard supervised and are not allowed to kill anything (though i let them prepare to pounce, it makes them happy). 

pets should be kept indoors for their own safety, imho.