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Reed tosses two scoreless in debut
No. 16 overall pick in 2011 allows one hit, strikes out two
08/25/2011 3:20 AM ET
Chris Reed put together a 2.56 ERA in his final year at Stanford.
Chris Reed put together a 2.56 ERA in his final year at Stanford. (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes)
So far, so good for Chris Reed.

The Dodgers' first-round pick allowed just one hit over two shutout frames in his professional debut Wednesday, striking out two as Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga defeated Bakersfield, 12-10.

"I was more excited than nervous," Reed said.

After retiring the first two batters he faced, he yielded a line-drive single to center field by Brodie Green. Chris Richburg reached on a throwing error by Reed, putting runners on the corners. Facing Stephen Hunt, Reed induced a flyout to center to get out of the jam.

With his father in the stands, the California native had no difficulty in the second, working a 1-2-3 inning to end his day. He was scheduled to go two frames or 35 pitches in his first outing.

"Luckily, it was two innings. I went out there, wanted to throw strikes and keep the ball down," Reed said. "Pitching to wood bats was a whole different thing, but it was good to get out there."

His fastball reached about 96 mph on the radar gun, according to Quakes pitching coach Hector Berrios.

"We saw a kid who had a pretty good fastball," Berrios said. "He showed pleasantly surprising command. We didn't think he'd be as sharp as he was.

"He struck a guy out in the first inning with a slider, then threw three straight change-ups for another strikeout. He showed confidence throwing that pitch back-to-back-to-back."

The Dodgers have also been impressed by the 16th overall pick's mind-set in the early going.

"He's a smart kid, he's adjusting to the lifestyle pretty quickly," Berrios said. "He's asking a lot of questions. Those are things you want to see from one of the high Draft picks."

Reed went 6-2 with nine saves and a 2.56 ERA in 29 games -- including one start -- in his final season at Stanford. The left-hander struck out 52 over 52 2/3 innings while limiting opponents to a .211 batting average, earning an honorable mention for All-Pac-10.

He actually joined the Quakes on Aug. 13, but his debut was delayed by a bout with tonsilitis.

"Today, I was feeling good," Reed said. "[They] had me on some antibiotics and mainly rest."

The 21-year-old hadn't pitched since the NCAA Super Regionals in June, and he started working toward Wednesday at the end of July.

"[The Dodgers] told me to do my thing," Reed said. "LA made it real easy for me. They made a few corrections, minor adjustments, but the main thing was to just compete. I added a four-seamer because I only threw a two-seamer in college."

Berrios said the Dodgers' plan is get him acclimated to a starter's routine.

Reed's command had been a bit of an issue in college. He walked 34 in 74 2/3 innings, but his fastball-slider combo was enough to get him selected in the first round and earn him a $1.589 million bonus.

Leading Rancho Cucamonga offensively Wednesday were Angelo Songco and Jaime Pedroza. Songco went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs, while Pedroza added two hits and also drove in four.

Reliever Jordan Roberts (7-4) earned the win after giving up one run on two hits in two innings. Logan Bawcom locked down his ninth save with a scoreless ninth.

David Heck is a contributor to Editors Daren Smith and Paige Schector also contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments
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