Monday, June 6, 2011

Dodgers Select Local Kid With First Round Draft Pick

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The 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft began today, and the Dodgers, who had the 16th overall pick, chose Chris Reed out of  Stanford University. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected Stanford University left-handed pitcher Chris Reed with their first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White made the announcement.
Reed, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior, earned an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and has gone 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 28 games (one start) this season for the Cardinal, who advanced to the NCAA Super Regional after winning the Fullerton Regional this past weekend. In 2011, the 21-year-old has limited opposing hitters to a .201 batting average with 48 strikeouts and allowed just one home run in 49.2 innings. As a reliever, Reed has posted a 1.80 ERA and ranks third in the Pac-10 with nine saves in 11 attempts this season. In three seasons at Stanford, Reed is 8-2 with a 3.96 ERA in 53 games.
The Cleveland High School (Reseda) graduate was rated as the top prospect and earned an All-Star selection in the Atlantic Collegiate Summer League in 2010, posting a 1.09 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 33.0 innings.
It's nice to see the Dodgers drafting a local kid. Signing Reed may not be that easy though. For one, he's being represented by hard-nosed agent Scott Boras and two, he may choose to return to Stanford for his Senior year.

The Dodgers have selected a pitcher with their first pick in each of the last nine seasons.

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