Reed was released by the Diamondbacks on Friday, JJ Cooper of Baseball America reports. Reed was a lower-level sleeper from 2014 through 2016, but arm injuries struck and he never quite regained his prior form. He reached High-A in 2016 but never made it further than that level.
Reed covered seven innings for High-A Visalia on Sunday, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters. Since being promoted from Low-A Kane County in late May, Reed's production has taken a slight step back with Visalia, but his 3.53 ERA and 82:29 K:BB over 81.2 innings are more than respectable, considering the hitter-friendly confines of the California League. The 21-year-old lefty likely still remains a year or two away from reaching the big leagues, but his excellent size (6-foo-3, 245 pounds) and strikeout stuff give him the upside of a middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Diamondbacks down the road.
Reed tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout Thursday for Low-A Kane County, striking out nine batters and walking one. After struggling upon moving up to High-A Visalia in 2016, Reed opened the season a rung lower on the minor-league level and his continued his mastery of the Midwest League. Reed has turned in a 1.08 ERA and 47:9 K:BB over 41.2 innings for Kane County while holding opponents to a .169 batting average. The 20-year-old should get another chance to prove himself in the California League by midseason.
Reed has a 1.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB in two starts for Low-A Kane County. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season with an undisclosed injury, but is back to game action this year. He really struggled after a promotion to High-A last season, but that could have been related to whatever injury ended his season. If he continues to miss bats at a high rate in Low-A, he should once again be tested with a promotion to High-A.
Reed, 20, has been promoted to High-A and has a 3.00 ERA and 17:7 K:BB through 15 innings at this level. Reed dominated Low-A prior to the promotion, posting a 1.82 ERA and 55:3 K:BB in 39.2 innings. The southpaw has already been a tad more wild at his new level, though the results have been nearly as impressive, even with the small sample size. Reed should make a huge jump in the prospect rankings if he continues to pitch like this.
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