Stanford closer Reed taken 16th by Dodgers

Stanford closer Reed taken 16th by Dodgers
June 7, 2011, 1:09 am
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Stanford closer Chris Reed was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft with the 16th pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After a rough sophomore season with a 6.10 ERA, Reed rebounded as a dominant closer this year. He saved nine games and went 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 49.2 innings.

Reed is currently with the Cardinal as they prepare to take on UNC in the NCAA tournament super regional.

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According to MLB.com, the scouting report in part says, Reed might be the best arm few knew about heading into this year. The Stanford lefty hadn't pitched that much prior to this season and was serving as the school's closer. He's got the pure stuff for the role, with a fastball that he can get up to 96 mph, sitting typically anywhere from 91 to 95 mph, with good arm-side run.

The Reseda native ranks third in the Pac-10 with nine saves in 11 attempts and has a 1.80 ERA in 27 relief appearances (45.0 IP).

Baseball America reported that Reed "has mostly been used as a reliever for the Cardinal, but has the stuff to start in pro ball. His fastball varies from 89-91 mph some nights to 92-94 on others, and he has touched 96. He'll show a power slider and above-average changeup, but all of his stuff needs more consistency."