I kinda loved this quote from Reds pitcher Cody Reed, from Mark Sheldon’s report on yesterday’s spring training victory over the Giants:
“Who says I can’t be a starter? Who says I’m not one of the top five guys?” Reed said. “Whoever does, they need to re-evaluate what they’re saying. I’m think I’m good enough to pitch with the five top guys. I know I’m one of them. I’ll be the best bullpen guy there is and I’ll be the best starter I can be with those five guys. I got the opportunity today and thought I made pretty good progress.”
Reed gave up two earned runs and six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Although he was sprayed with hits, he showed good command.
“Really, overall it was a three-pitch mix and really good sliders in on the righties, a good changeup and fastball command,” Price said. “It was really encouraging.”
For his part, Reed had an explanation at the ready for the six hits and two runs he surrendered:
“Everyone knows I throw a slider to strike guys out. I have to show I can use an out-pitch with my fastball,” said Reed, who has a 5.11 ERA in six games. “I shook [off the] slider and threw the fastball. It missed back over the plate and Buster Posey is the type of guy who doesn’t miss those. The next guy was the same thing. I got quick outs right after that and got back into the dugout. I felt good about throwing strikes.”
Reed is almost certainly going to be on the outside looking in once the regular season begins. But I’ve been kinda irrationally rooting for the guy, mostly because I’ve seen him at his best, and the guy looks like an awfully good pitcher to me. (I’ve also seen him at his worst, as have many of you.)
Here’s hoping Reed carries that attitude to Louisville, where the Reds permit him to start every five days in Triple-A rather than have him wasting away in the Cincinnati bullpen. If Reed has really put his struggles — with his command, especially — behind him, there will be opportunities to start in the big leagues this season. He can force Cincinnati’s hand.
But I’m not the one who has been saying you can’t be a starter, Cody Reed. I don’t know who started that rumor. It was probably Wick Terrell.*
*Editor’s note: It wasn’t Wick Terrell.