The 2011 fifth-round pick got a brief look in major league camp during spring training, but he ultimately began, and spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. While there, Michael Reed swiped 20 bases in 28 tries and boasted a .366 OBP, but he also hit just .248 and continued striking out at a high rate. Following the conclusion of the minor league season, the outfielder got a chance in the majors as a September callup, but wilted in 24 plate appearances. Entering his age-24 season, Reed faces an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster, but a solid showing in the minors could go a long way in earning a more extended look in the big leagues sometime this summer. His lack of elite tools means he will need to be playing close to every day to compile enough runs and RBI to be useful in mixed leagues. In order to do that, he will need to really hit. The most likely scenario is that Reed settles in as organizational depth who earns occasional trips to the majors.
Reed was optioned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Reed had brief big-league stints with the Brewers the last two seasons, but the team has greatly improved its outfield depth at the upper levels of late, so not only will Reed's season not begin with the big club, it will not even start with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Reed will head to Double-A Biloxi, where he at least figures to play every day.
Reed was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday. Reed is yet to appear in a major league game this season, as he spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, hitting .248 with eight home runs and 45 RBI across 121 games. The 23-year-old outfielder will simply add depth over the final weeks of the season.
Reed (concussion) returned to action Thursday and went 0-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in a game with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Reed missed over a week of games due to his concussion, but he is good to go moving forward. He has cooled off considerably after a fast start to the season, but figures to have a chance to join the big league club at some point before this season concludes.
Reed was placed on the minor league disabled list Thursday with concussion symptoms, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports. Reed is being evaluated for a concussion after crashing into the outfield wall in a game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Reed got off to a fast start this year, but he has struggled in May, going just 4-for-28 (.143) with an RBI.
Reed, who owns a .296/.424/.333 slash line this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, is starting to see more time in center field. Reed has played primarily left and right field the last couple seasons, but with those spots filled in Milwaukee, the Brewers are evaluating him as a potential option in center field. The Brewers are 29th out of 30 teams with a .468 OPS from the center field position this season, so if Reed proves capable of handling the job, he could find himself in Milwaukee sooner than later.