After selecting RHP Touki Toussaint, the no.8 prospect according to MLB.com, with the first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft, the Diamondbacks continued to go with high school pitching, selecting Cody Reed, a LHP out of Ardmore HS in Alabama.
Here is what MLB.com had to say about him:
“Reed has added velocity and weight as a senior at Ardmore (Ala.) High. The left-hander now carries 260 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, and he now delivers 92-95 mph fastballs on a regular basis. While he draws physical comparisons to righty relievers Jonathan Broxton and Tommy Hunter, the Vanderbilt commit profiles as a starter because he flashes a sharp slider and a fading changeup.”
“His velocity has really shot up,” a second area scout said. “I’ve seen him hit 95. The only thing is he’s 260 pounds. He’s a big kid. He’s strong, no question, but the ideal weight would be more around 235. I saw him in the fall throwing 88-89 and touching 90 at 230 pounds, and the concern is the velocity came with the weight gain. But it’s a heck of an arm.”
In my opinion this is another great pick by the Diamondbacks. Reed lead Ardmore to the 4A state championship series last season posting a 10-2 record, with a 0.46 era and 226 strikeouts in only 92 innings which is remarkable. His strikeout total for his senior year was one off of the state record. This is an exciting pick.
This is what Dbacks scouting director Ray Montgomery had to say about him:
“He gained some extra strength for sure,” Montgomery said. “He’s a big-boned guy so he’s physical. It might have contributed to him gaining some extra velocity, but I think he was building that way in the progression we had seen over the last year and a half.”
Reed was also a monster at the plate. Last season he batted .494 with 6 HR’s and he drove in 33 RBI’s.