2014 Draft Profile: Jake Reed

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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.



After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.