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Jake Reed

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Jake Reed
Name: Jacob Hubert Reed
Born: Sep 29, 1992 in La Mesa, CA
High School: Helix Charter HS, La Mesa, Calif.
College: Oregon
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (140th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2014 (signed for $350,000)
Reed is a solid athlete who played some quarterback and kicked at San Diego's Helix High, which produced NFL starters Reggie Bush and Alex Smith, among others. He also played basketball in high school, but his future is on the diamond. He made 34 starts and pitched 214 innings in his first two seasons at Oregon, but the Ducks tapped him as their closer this year and kept him in the role despite several injuries in the rotation. Filling the shoes of 2012 All-American Jimmie Sherfy, the Diamondbacks' 10th-round pick last year, Reed--whom the Sox drafted in the 40th round out of high school in 2011--should surpass Sherfy in this year's draft. He has a better body and delivery but a lesser breaking ball than Sherfy. He notched 13 saves entering the season's final week by pitching off his lively sinker, his go-to pitch. Reed gets early-count contact when he's going well, throwing his fastball in the 94-95 mph range with late sink. He locates his sinker well and gets more ground balls with his slider, an average pitch when he commands it. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was durable in a starter role and could return to that as a pro, though he sat anywhere from 87-92 mph as a starter and was less dynamic.
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