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Dodgers take Stanford closer with first-round pick

June 6, 2011 |  6:16 pm

Chris-reed_350 Surprise, surprise, the Dodgers drafted a pitcher with their first-round pick Monday in the major league amateur draft.

They selected Stanford junior closer Chris Reed, a left-hander from Reseda’s Cleveland High.

The Dodgers selected the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Reed with the 16th overall selection, significantly hirer than anyone had Reed on their mock drafts.

This was, naturally, immediately attributed to the Dodgers’ shaky financial situation.

MLB writer Jonathan Mayo told MLB.TV that the Dodgers wanted a player who would fit the recommended signing bonus for a 16th pick. Mayo called Reed "a little bit of a reach" but a player they should be able to sign.

Reed is 6-2 with nine saves for Stanford this season, striking out 48 and walking 15 in 49-2/3 innings.

He reportedly throws an excellent changeup to go along with a fastball and slider. Scouts still think he may be a starter in professional ball.

Reed did not appear in the first-round mock drafts at Sports Illustrated, Baseball Prospectus, or FanGraphs, though he was slotted to 26th by ESPN (Insider status required).

Last year the Dodgers used a different approach. They drafted right-hander Zach Lee with the 28th pick, but signed him for $5.25 million over five years. Lee was committed to play quarterback at Louisiana State but the Dodgers went well over the allotted amount for a 28th pick to sign him.

With their last six first picks in the last five years they have selected a pitcher.


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Photo: Stanford reliever Chris Reed work the seventh inning of a game against Fullerton on Saturday. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press