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Buddy Reed

A long article at The Athletic ...

On​ a Sunday in​ July, Torii Hunter​ surveyed the​ scene at Nationals​ Park​ and​ reveled in the​​ youthful exuberance surrounding him. One player in particular evoked flashbacks to Hunter’s own career. Between the unbridled defense in center field, the delight in a just-short fly ball, and the ceaseless energy inside the dugout, the U.S. manager for the All-Star Futures Game perceived a younger version of himself.

“I’m like, ‘Man, this guy has it,’” Hunter said last week. “He’s out there having a good time, laughing every once in a while, but at the same time he’s trying to steal your joy and your dream, which is a home run. Him stealing bases, having great at-bats, just missing a home run — he could’ve been sad, but he was like, ‘Aw, man, just missed that.’ That right there carries over, and when other players see that … it kind of calms everybody else down to go out and take that pressure off them and go play the game and have fun with it.

“I think that’s what baseball needs, a guy like Buddy Reed.”

And here's a link to video of his triple at the Fall Stars game ...

Andrew Korol (Korol’s Kove): 

    How close was Buddy Reed to making this list?

Kyle Glaser: Buddy Reed is an incredible athlete who can make game-changing plays in the field and on the basepaths. He also deserves a ton of credit for completely overhauling his stance and swing in order to get in a position to be successful. He’s a great dude and is in the Top 30. At the same time, even when he was going well in the California League, every opposing coach and evaluator in the league made clear he was going to have a difficult time once he started facing advanced pitchers who could actually put their pitches where they wanted, and that’s exactly what happened in Double-A. Fall League scouts saw the same thing, even though he did well there. There’s a lot of holes in the swing and the pitch recognition is still pretty poor. Very few believe he’ll hit enough to be more than an up-and-down guy. Thus, he was not close to making the Top 10.

Players with Kendall and Reed’s immense skillsets—plus center field defense, plus speed, a plus arm and questionable hitting ability—are often referred to as having the “floor” of a fourth outfielder in the majors, simply because their defense and speed alone should get them to the big leagues even if they don't hit.

It is a popular, oft-repeated refrain by scouts and team officials.

It is also a false one.

Inspired in part by Kendall and Reed, I looked at every player who served as a reserve or platoon outfielder in the majors the last four seasons (2015-18).

Short version: the average major league reserve outfielder hit .283/.357/.439 in his minor league career. Barely any hit below .260 or had a on-base percentage below .325.

At present, Kendall is a career .225/.303/.380 hitter in the minors and has yet to play above A-ball. Reed is closer, but he still falls below the average with a .256/.311/.403 career slash line.

HR #5 in this short season so far ...,game_tab=,game=584769


Here's what BA said earlier today ...

Buddy Reed, OF, Padres. The Padres’ No. 25 prospect had three hits including two home runs, one of which was an inside the park home run, for Triple-A Columbus. Reed also scored three runs and walked once. Reed has some serious tools but scouts have been skeptical of his hit tool throughout his time in the minors.

From today's DFR ...

The Sod Poodles won their fourth straight, sweeping Frisco as the offense exploded for three home runs, two by Buddy Reed.  Reed whose 6-foot-4 athleticism, defense, and speed has captured the imagination of every Padres’ fan, unfortunately, the numbers haven’t been there for Reed this year, but his tools are so far off the charts he is always going to be given a lot of patience. In the past ten games, he has a .333 batting average so maybe things are starting to click.

Video of HR in Game 1 of the Texas League Championship Series ...

There's hope!  Not much, but some ... right?

Buddy says ... Don't drop me from your Top 30 lists yet! 🙂

Video of TLCS HR #2 here ...

Go Soddies!

(And video of Ivan Castillo HR also!)

Buddy Reed | OF | 2019 Organization: San Diego Padres

An excellent athlete and former hockey player, Reed has had a hard time capitalizing on the California League performance that earned him a spot in the Futures Game last year. He batted .228 but swatted 14 homers and swiped 23 bases last year.

Might be interesting where (if) he surfaces in the 2020 minors for the Padres.

Not as though the Padres’ AAA/AA currently have a full slate of OF but probably only 4 per level and AAA likely has Olivares, Cordero, Naylor (maybe), Gettys, Kohlway (LHH OF who the Padres have place in Australia for the winter league) in play while AA has Trammell and Ona plus potentially some moves up from LE (J. Rosario, Córdoba, Ornelas, and/or Suwinski) ... remember they are potentially being push up with the FW players pushing up.

I guess this goes for both Gettys and Reed ... at what point to they punt on their unrealized potential and go with the others with maybe lower ceiling but a higher probability of adding value.