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School: Oregon State; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 190 pounds
Previously Drafted: Chicago White Sox, 40th round, 2011
Background: One of the more dumbfounding moves of the collegiate season, the Ducks found it fit to move one of their more productive starters over the past two seasons – right-hander Jake Reed – into the bullpen because, you know, 40 or so innings of potentially great relief work is better than 100+ innings of above-average production from the rotation.
After fanning 132 and walking 72 to go along with a 3.05 in 214.1 innings, Reed has seen a (predictable) uptick in his strikeout rate, 8.44 K/9, though his control has spiked to career high (4.22 BB/9).
Projection: Hopefully, whichever team drafts Reed will push him back into the rotation to see if he has the chops to hang, though he still profiles as a backend guy. At the very least, he can be pushed back into the bullpen, where he should slide into a seventh/eighth-inning role.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player (starter); 0.5-win player (reliever)
Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low (starter); Moderate (reliever)
Draft Projection: Fourth/Fifth Rounds
Photo Courtesy of Eric Evans via goducks.com.