Chiefs Chatter #10 – Meet LHP Jimmy Reed

With Spring Training under way it is time to get back to introducing you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven RamosMike MayersKenneth Peoples-WallsMason Katz and Ian McKinney.

Today we introduce you to the Cardinals 2013 sixth round draft pick, LHP Jimmy Reed.

Jimmy Reed, LHP Height: 5’11 Weightt: 165
Twitter: @Jimmy_Reed 
DOB:
12/18/90Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Acquired: Drafted in the 6th round in 2013
School: University of Maryland
Throws: Fastball, Changeup, Curveball, Cutter

 2013:

  • Went 3-2 with two saves and a 2.05 ERA in 12 games and nine starts for the State College Spikes
  • Made two starts in the playoffs for State College, getting the ball in game two against Jamestown in round one and in the deciding game three of the NYPL Championship series against Tri-City
  • Struck out nine and walked two over 8 1/3 playoff innings
  • Struck out five over three innings in a no-decision in the first round against Jamestown
  • Allowed two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings in Game 3 of the Championship series while striking out four in the 4-3 loss to Tri-City
  • Struck out 40 and walked 12 in 52 2/3 innings
  • Posted a 0.98 ERA in six home outings
  • Made his pro debut on June 19 with two shutout innings against Williamsport
  • Earned a save on June 26 with three shutout innings against Mahoning Valley
  • Earned his first win on July 3 with four shutout relief innings and five strikeouts at Williamsport
  • Struck out a career-high six over four innings and earned a save against Lowell on July 17
  • Moved into the starting rotation for the rest of the season and in seven starts between July 24 and August 30 he went at least four innings each time and allowed two earned runs or less six times
  • Beat Tri-City July 30 with five innings of work and one run allowed
  • Threw a career high six innings in a win against Batavia August 18 with two hits allowed and no runs
  • Again threw six shutout innings with two hits allowed in a no-decision August 24 against Auburn
  • Held righties to a .239 average on the season
  • Did not allow a hit with the bases loaded.

College:

  • Was Maryland’s highest drafted pitcher since Toronto selected Brett Cecil in the first round in 2007
  • In 2013 posted a 2.33 ERA with a 6-4 record while striking out 74 batters over 88 2/3 innings
  • Struck out 22 over his last two outings as a senior and won back-to-back ACC Pitcher of the Week Awards, the first Terp to ever accomplish that feat
  • Threw two complete games and had one shutout
  • Saved eight games in 2012 as a junior, the second most in school history
  • Pitched 20 times in 2012 with six starts and a 2.70 ERA, ranked ninth in ACC
  • Struck out 52, walked 16 and held opponents to a .226 average in 60 innings
  • Did not allow a hit in seven of first 13 appearances and did not allow a run in any of his first 12 outings
  • Drafted in the 21st round by the New York Yankees after his junior year at Maryland but elected to return to school for his senior season
  • Played in the Cape Cod League in 2012 pitching eight times for the Orleans (MA) Firebirds
  • Made a team-leading 22 appearances in 2011 as a sophomore going 2-1 with a 4.86 ERA while striking out 33
  • Struck out 15 in 15 outings as a freshman in 2010.

High School/Misc:

  • Played four seasons at St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C
  • Named second-team All-WCAC in 2008 and 2009
  • All-Metro honorable mention in 2009
  • Named to top-25 12 and under team in the nation as a youth player
  • Chose Maryland over George Mason and UNC Charlotte
  • Lists his all-time favorite baseball player as Chipper Jones
  • Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes also played at St. John’s  which is the second oldest (1851) Catholic Christian Brother’s school in the US and the oldest Army JROTC school
  • Kevin Plank, founder/owner of Under Armour and Hollywood producer/writer/director Shane Salerno (Armageddon, Hawaii Five-0, Avatar 4) are alums of St. John’s.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 6.0, last August 24 vs. Auburn
Strikeouts: 6, July 17 vs. Lowell
Low-Hit Game (Min 5ip): 2, last, August 24 vs. Auburn
Runs Allowed: 5, August 11 at Brooklyn
Earned Runs Allowed: 5, August 11 at Brooklyn
Hits Allowed: 8, August 30 vs. Jamestown
Walks: 3, last, August 18 vs. Batavia
Win Streak: 1, August 18 – current
Current Streak: Won 1

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