Rockies lefthander Greg Reynolds finally got a chance to get a full outing under his belt on Tuesday, and he didn’t disappoint.
The 2006 No. 2 overall pick tossed seven shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out seven in Double-A Tulsa’s 7-0 win against Corpus Christi.
Reynolds initially started the Drillers’ home opener last week, but a snowstorm shut the game down after three innings. Considering the weather on Opening Day in Tulsa, it was a little surprising that Reynolds took the mound in short sleeves in 30-degree temperatures.
“I didn’t know that,” Rockies assistant general manager Bill Geivett said. “And this is a Stanford guy.”
Tuesday, Reynolds’ fastball sat in the 88-91 mph range, and he used his plus changeup and emerging curveball to keep hitters off-balance. The curveball has come a long way from where it was at high Class A Modesto last season after the draft.
“We thought when we saw him (in Modesto) that he was a little worn down after the college season and didn’t really want to put any added pressure on him,” Geivett said. “We just wanted to see him fresh in the spring.
“That’s why we had no issues with sending him straight to Tulsa and be very competitive in that league. You could tell right away (in the spring) that his curveball was back. All his pitches just had a little something extra they didn’t last summer.”
Though the 6-foot-7, 225-pounder isn’t likely to add fastball velocity, Reynolds’ changeup and curveball are impressive weapons. His heater topped out at 92 mph against the Hooks, and he proved he could live off his sinker when he needs to.
“He can go out and show you three plus pitches with a heavy sinker,” Geivett said. “I think the velocity will settle in at 90-91 (mph) with a plus curveball and plus changeup with very good command.”