It looks like Decatur grad Brad Reid will get a chance to play for his hometown organization. The current Bellevue Community College right-handed pitcher was drafted by the Seattle Mariners Friday in the 30th round of the 2008 major league draft. It was the second time Reid has been drafted. The Cleveland Indians selected him after his senior season at Decatur in 2006, but didn’t sign him.
“Reid has been at Bellevue, and again we’ve followed him for a couple years, and he’s got a good delivery, he’s got a loose, free arm,” said the Mariners’ scouting director Bob Fontaine. “He’s an interesting kid. We’ll take a look at him this summer and see where we are. But he’s a kid that we have interest in, (that) we’d like to try to sign.”
This season for Bellevue Community College, Reid threw 59 innings and gave up only five earned runs. He finished 7-1 with a 0.76 earned-run average. He also struck out 48 hitters and had five complete games.
Entering the 2008 Major League draft, Reid was the 10th ranked prospect in the state of Washington by Baseball America. However, he was the 23rd player from the state drafted during the two-day, 50-round draft. Kelso High School right-hander Trevor May was a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia
The right-hander features a fastball in the 85-92 mph range with a hard breaking pitch that he can throw for a strike. Reid also featured a solid change-up with late movement.
Reid was Bellevue’s lone selection to the All-NWAACC team and was the top vote getter among all pitchers in the conference following his sophomore season.
The righty also recently verbally committed to pitch at the University of Portland next year, although it looks like Reid will sign with the Mariners and forgo his college eligibility.
Reid was also dominant during his freshman season at Bellevue and led the Helmsmen to the NWAACC championship. Last year, Reid finished 8-1 with two saves and an amazing 0.19 earned-run average in league play. He struck out 67 in 65 innings and was named All-NWAACC.
During his senior year at Decatur, Reid finished 4-4 for the Gators with a 3.00 earned-run average with 71 strikeouts in 45 innings. He also hit .438 while playing shortstop for Decatur head coach Steve Murphy.
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