(CBSSports.com Analysis) — Chris 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.
He complements the plus fastball (mainly a four-seamer) with an outstanding slider, giving him enough right there to excel in short relief.
But while his command is average at best, he does have the stuff — his changeup could be a plus pitch in the future as well — along with a strong, durable frame.
He’s still a bit of an unknown quality, but the stuff is there, and that kind of power from the left side doesn’t often exist.
At worst, the team taking him has a lefty setup man who could move quickly. But there might be more there