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Diamondbacks pick Cody Reed, LHP, Ardmore HS in 2nd round

With their second-round pick, the Diamondbacks selected another high-school pitcher, left-hander out of Ardmore High School in Alabama says "The big left-hander emerged as a bona fide Mr. Baseball candidate this season, going 10-2 with a 0.46 ERA and five no-hitters. He finished the season with 226 strikeouts, or just one shy of the AHSAA single-season record, thanks to a fastball clocked in the mid-90s. A Vanderbilt signee, he is clearly the state’s top professional prospect. He should be the first Alabama high school player off the board, and Baseball America ranks him as the 52nd best player available.:" adds, "Reed has added velocity and weight as a senior. The left-hander now carries 260 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, and he now delivers 92-95 mph fastballs on a regular basis. While he draws physical comparisons to righty relievers Jonathan Broxton and Tommy Hunter, the Vanderbilt commit profiles as a starter because he flashes a sharp slider and a fading changeup. "His velocity has really shot up," a second area scout said. "I've seen him hit 95. The only thing is he's 260 pounds. The ideal weight would be more around 235. I saw him in the fall throwing 88-89 and touching 90 at 230 pounds, and the concern is the velocity came with the weight gain. But it's a heck of an arm."

Somewhere, Mark Grace is nodding in approval. The odd thing is, like our first-round pick Touki Toussaint, Reed had also signed a letter of intent to play at Vanderbilt. How intent he is on doing so... I guess we'll find out in the coming days.