What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas . . .
One of the names continually popping up during my four-corners calls is Danny Reynolds, a righthander at Durango High in Las Vegas. Over his first seven games with the Trailblazers this season, Reynolds is 3-3, 2.26 with 60 strikeouts and 13 walks over 40 innings, blazing his own trail right up teams’ draft boards.
Reynolds has the stigma of being an undersized righthander—5-foot-11 and 160 pounds—which will scare some teams away.
But his stuff is big.
"He’s a little guy," one college coach said. "He was 86-88 in the fall and then, all of a sudden, boom—he’s touching 94. His secondary pitches are okay, I wouldn’t call them great, but he doesn’t have to use a whole bunch of them, either."
Along with Reynolds’ fastball that has been sitting 90-93, touching 94 and 95, he has a slider that is 77-81 with some late bite. He’s still working on a changeup and will also mix in a slower curveball. There’s also some effort to his mechanics—he has an extremely fast tempo, turns his back to the hitters and has some spinoff, ala Francisco Rodriguez.
Reynolds is committed to Dixie State College, but should go in the top 10 rounds this June.