- Full name Colin D. Rea
- Born 07/01/1990 in Cascade, IA
- Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 218 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Indiana State
- Debut 08/11/2015
Drafted in the 12th round (383rd overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2011.
View Draft ReportRigthhander Colin Rea's freshman season at Northern Iowa was the last in the program's history, and after a year at St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC, he reunited with former Panthers coach Rick Heller at Indiana State. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has opened eyes with his arm strength, and he has better secondary pitches and mechanics than former Sycamore Jacob Petricka, a second-rounder last year. Six-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Rea has an 88-92 mph sinker that peaks at 94. He has a mid-80s slider that morphs into an 88-89 mph cutter at times, and his curveball and changeup also have their moments. With his easy arm action and repeatable delivery, he should fill the strike zone, but he nibbles at the plate and doesn't challenge hitters like he should.
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Rea is from tiny Cascade, Iowa--population: 2,159--and while Midwest area scouts were intrigued by his loose arm and projectable body in high school, they felt he was better served going to college. He played his freshman year at Northern Iowa, but budget cuts killed the program. After a year at St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, Rea reunited with former Panthers coach Rick Heller at Indiana State, where his repeatable delivery and clean arm action attracted the Padres. Rea has a four-pitch mix, and while not one of them grades as plus, he can throw all for strikes. His fastball sits 91-93 mph, and he has a cutter that touches 89. His curveball is average and shows tight spin. The biggest difference for Rea in his breakout 2015 season at Double-A San Antonio was the development of a splitter, which he uses as a changeup. He used the split to neutralize lefthanded batters, who hit just .198 across all levels in 2015. The addition of the splitter allowed him to pitch more aggressively after nibbling too much his first two pro seasons. Rea projects as a back-of-the-rotation option for the Padres. His ability to retire lefthanders and limit damage--he allowed just three homers in 102 innings in 2015--portends well for expansive Petco Park. He'll get a long look in 2016 spring training.