I watched Cody Reed pitch for the Bats tonight. He went 7 innings, allowing only 1 run. Overall, it was a good start. He threw only 90 pitches and had 5 Ks, 4 looking. He did walk the pitcher twice, but it was a good outing.
In comments after the game, Reed said he thinks he’s still thinking too much. “I think I’m focusing too much,” was the quote. He also said, “In two days, I’ll throw my bullpen and me and [Louisville pitching coach Jeff] Fassero will yell at each other and butt heads, but laugh about it at the end.”
DeShields said it was “[b]y far his best outing since he’s gotten back. He pitched tonight. I saw him under control. He was balanced. His location was much better tonight. All around this was his best outing – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically. He was good tonight. He looked like a big leaguer tonight.”
I also asked about Jesse Winker who seems to be hitting a new level with the Reds. “He’s grown a lot. Not just as a player, but as a young man. He’s matured a lot. When he got to AAA for the first year, he was a baby still in a lot of ways. I think he was looking forward to another challenge. I think this was getting… boring, if you want to call it that. I’m glad he’s making the most of it.”
Winker, I will say, has to be viewed as a case of success in terms of development. We’ll see, of course, how his career progresses, but he’s clearly matured under the tutelage of people in the organization.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.