Lookouts' Chris Reed to play in MLB Futures Game
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Thursday that Lookouts' pitcher Chris Reed will be the organization's representative at the 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, July 8.
Reed's selection makes it three straight years a Chattanooga player has been invited to the prestigious event, following shortstop Dee Gordon in 2010 and outfielder Alfredo Silverio in 2011.
The native of London, England will play for the World Team in the USA vs. World contest, which is a part of Major League Baseball's annual all-star festivities. MLB and team officials, scouts and writers for MLB.com and Baseball America select the two 25-man rosters.
Reed, a former Stanford reliever who was the Dodgers' first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft, has a 2.00 ERA in three starts without a decision for the Lookouts since being promoted to Double-A in mid-May. He's been kept on a short leash as he stretches his arm into a starting role, logging just three innings in each start.
Reed, who is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Dodgers' organization by MLB.com, went 1-4 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts this season at High-A Rancho Cucomonga before joining the Lookouts. In 44 total combined innings in the minors this season, the 6-foot-4 left-hander has recorded 45 strikeouts and allowed just one home run.
Mississippi Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt will be the Atlanta Braves' representative in the game, which is scheduled for a 5 p.m. ET start and will be nationally televised by ESPN2 HD.