• Full name Cody A. Reed
  • Born 06/07/1996 in Athens, AL
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 245 / Bats: R / Throws: L
  • School Ardmore
  • Drafted in the 2nd round (54th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014 (signed for $1,034,500).
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    The track record for Alabama prep arms is not strong, as Jake Peavy accounts for almost all of the success of Alabama high school pitchers since the draft moved to one phase. Reed is by far the best prep arm in the state this year and will likely be the only one selected in the top five rounds. He has been a man among boys this spring, as 84 percent of his outs have come via strikeout. Reed has one 21-strikeout game (against 22 batters faced), one 20-strikeout game and two 19-strikeout games. His stuff has improved significantly since the showcase circuit last summer, especially in the latter half of the spring. Reed has been 91-95 mph, touching 96 down the stretch with above-average fastball life. He has deception in his delivery and hitters struggle to pick the ball up out of his hand. The Vanderbilt commit has a four-pitch mix, and his slider and curveball have at least above-average potential. Evaluators project solid-average control. Some think Reed might be a reliever in the long run, as he throws from an arm slot below three-quarters and has effort to his delivery. He is a "we're not selling jeans here" player, with a thick 6-foot-2, 260-pound build that will require maintenance as he ages. Reed will turn 18 on the final day of the draft.

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