Michael Reed

Position: CF
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Age: 23
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIL)

Prospect Spotlight

It has been a fast start for Reed for the Sky Sox, with the outfielder slashing .371/.436/.400 through the first nine games of the season. He shows a high level of comfort in the box and a willingness to attack pitches in his kill zone, leaning on a compact swing and good feel for the barrel that produces impressive contact across the diamond. In addition, Reed continues to show a penchant for aggressive actions on the base paths and a heady approach, swiping five bags in six attempts already, or about 20% of his stolen base output for all of 2015.

There isn’t much in the way of power when it comes to Reed’s offensive game, which makes center field the more natural fit, though he has more than enough arm strength for right, where he has spent the bulk of his career. Thus far in 2016, he’s rotated primarily between right and left fields with a solitary appearance up the middle, though he possesses the physical tools to man all three spots. He’ll need to maintain high contact rates to warrant a spot as a corner outfielder at the highest level, but his future becomes much more interesting if given the opportunity to hold down center field regularly. At a minimum he looks like a useful fourth outfielder. –Nick J. Faleris