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March 29, 2016 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Spring Training Edition Vol. 1


Brendan Gawlowski

Notes on Cody Reed, Alex Young, Jose De Leon and more

Cody Reed, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Catching Reed was fun. He showed off the tools—a mid-90s fastball with plus movement and a sharp, biting slider with late dive—and held his own against a Padres lineup that featured plenty of big leaguers. His low three-quarters arm slot will be death on lefties, and as a good athlete with a repeatable and fluid motion, he’s more than capable of pounding the strike zone.

I am somewhat concerned about his ability to throw a secondary pitch for a strike. He can pump strikes with the fastball, but his change is a clear third offering that he doesn’t use much, and nearly all of his sliders landed in the dirt. Maybe he’ll make it work anyway, but for now, stealing a strike or trying to induce weak contact with an offspeed pitch is not part of his game plan.

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects


Ben Carsley

From true relievers to starters who might convert, a look at the arms that could rack up saves or holds down the road.

Nope. I'm not doing it. I'm not dignifying the reliever position with an introduction.

To warrant inclusion here, every pitcher has to a) project to have at least eighth-inning upside, b) project to reach the majors by 2015, and c) project to have a huge impact in either strikeouts or WHIP.

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