2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Dodgers Pick Stanford's Chris Reed

Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Reed (LHP-Stanford)

Everyone has wondered how the Dodgers financial problems would impact their draft strategy, and now we find out. There's nothing wrong with Stanford's Chris Reed as a prospect. He went 6-2, 2.80 ERA with a 47/13 K/BB in 45 innings this year, being used as a reliever. But Reed has a starter's arsenal, featuring an 89-94 MPH fastball along with a strong slider and a good changeup. Scouts anticipate that he'll hold up just fine under a starter's workload, thanks to his 6-5, 200 pound built and good level of athleticism.

He'll need some time to stretch out his arm to move into the starting role, but the Dodgers are well-aware of that. They have focused on prep arms and players in recent drafts, so while Reed is a fine prospect, this does represent a shift from their previous draft strategy, likely due to the monetary constraints. While Reed might be an overdraft, he's not a total reach.

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