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.
"He's an excellent competitor, has three quality pitches, sound mechanics and a great deal of athleticism," said White. "He's also a smart, local guy who has a fine family background."
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.
The Dodgers have selected a pitcher with their first pick in each of the last nine seasons:
2003 Chad Billingsley (24th overall)
2004 Scott Elbert (17th overall)
2005 Luke Hochevar (40th overall)
2006 Clayton Kershaw (seventh overall)
2007 Chris Withrow (20th overall)
2008 Ethan Martin (15th overall)
2009 Aaron Miller (36th overall)
2010 Zach Lee (28th overall)
2011 Chris Reed (16th overall)
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