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Cody Austin Reed
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- School Northwest Mississippi Community College
- High School Horn Lake High School
- Debut June 18, 2016
Pitcher Cody Reed was a second-round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2013 amateur draft. The scout was Travis Ezi. He was not considered much of a prospect in high school, going undrafted when he graduated, and did not attract the attention of scouts until he began throwing at 95 mph in his second year at Northwest Mississippi Community College. As a lefthander with good size and an athletics body, that made him an attractive proposition, even though he was not as advanced as other pitchers available in the draft.
He began his professional career that year with the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League, going 0-1, 6.57 in 15 games as he found it tough going to adapt to the professional game. His next season, 2014, was also a struggle, as he finished at 3-9, 5.46 in 19 starts for the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League. He gave up 105 hits in 84 innings while striking out 58 batters, not numbers indicative of future success, but the Royals remained confident in his abilities. He did turn a corner in 2015, after starting the year with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League. The Royals promoted him to Advanced Class A in spite of his mediocre results in his first two seasons, and he rewarded their confidence by going 5-5, 2.14 in 14 games. On May 28th, he was promoted to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the AA Texas League and continued to do well, going 2-2, 3.45 in 5 starts. That was when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, along with fellow pitching prospects Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb in return for Reds ace Johnny Cueto on July 26th. He finished the season with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Southern League, where he went 6-2, 2.17 in 8 starts. Altogether, he was 13-9, 2.41 in 26 games and 145 2/3 innings.
Cody started the 2016 season in AAA with the Louisville Bats, where he went 6-3, 3.20 in his first 11 starts. He was called up to Cincinnati on June 18th and made a successful debut, striking out 9 batters in 7 innings in a no-decision against the Houston Astros.