It’s been a long time coming for Atlanta Braves Outfielder, Michael Reed…
…and for those unaware, Reed was promoted this afternoon in the midst of a flurry of moves from the Braves that came with Evan Phillips receiving his 2nd MLB stint (and hopefully MLB debut), Peter Moylan to the DL with a forearm strain (that’s actually quite serious and could be career threatening), and Matt Wisler optioned. This will not be Reed’s MLB debut as he received call-ups in both 2015 and 2016 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Scouting Report on Atlanta Braves Outfielder, Michael Reed
Reed is listed at 6’0, 215 pounds, but I’m betting he’s more like 225. He’s a ripped up dude who has put his offseason workouts as top priority year after year. Looking at Reed, he looks more like a College Fullback rather than a 25 year old outfielder that plays all 3 OF positions average to above average. However, don’t let his size fool you as being able to stay flexible and mobile while adding muscle is his secret to his on-field success and health.
At the plate, the biggest standout skill that Reed possesses is patience. Over the last 2 years in the Minor Leagues, Reed has walked at a 17% rate, which is a little more than 1 time in every 6 plate appearances. And while he does strike out at a fairly large clip, his line drive rate is sitting at about 30%. There’s no hard-hit rate recorded in MiLB, however I’ve watched plenty of his ABs, and the ball is coming off his bat hard and I’d be willing to bet he’s holding down a good barrel-rate (LD% is at 30%).
As big as he is, Reed’s never been a power guy, mostly hitting around 5-7 HRs/year, but like all of his offensive numbers, the HRs are on the rise. Reed has collected 9 HRs and 21 doubles between AA and AAA, and his slash-line is an outstanding .337/.460/.535/.995 through 300 plate appearances.
Something to also consider is that Reed has been absolutely destroying left-handed pitching this year, to the tune of a 1.279 OPS. On the bench, that is a valuable weapon should Snitker utilize him when a player who struggles against LHP (Ender Inciarte) comes up in a crucial situation.
While his overall line is most definitely attractive, there is a caveat here and that is the outrageous BABIP that he’s carrying for the season thus far: .486! No…that isn’t sustainable no matter how many years of the “School of Seitzer” one goes to, but it could be something passed down in the org to him that has upped his BABIP, increased his hard-hit rate, and caused this breakout. Who knows? I don’t, but I’m excited nonetheless.
I was in the midst of an interview with Michael when he received his call-up and I thought…maybe it’s finally happening after I asked him a question 2 days ago and it’s still unanswered. Hopefully I’ll get to finish the interview and re-post later, but in honor of his promotion, here’s a conversation with Michael Reed.
Interview with Atlanta Braves Outfielder Michael Reed
This is your 1st year outside the Brewers organization and first in the Braves organization. Can you give us Braves fans some background on Michael Reed the person and the player?
Well I’m a southern guy from the great state of Texas. I’m a huge hunter in the off season and fish occasionally. I prefer country music over any genre and I’m an unashamed Christian athlete. Faith is a huge part of my life. I’m very fortunate to be in the Braves organization. They’re a great organization filled with a lot of talent and I’m just grateful to be a part of it! As a player I will always play the game hard and the right way. I do anything and everything I can to get on base because I feel that best benefits my team. I try to stick to the player I feel I am, getting on base and driving in guys when the opportunity presents itself.
You’ve had a few cups of coffee with the Brewers but didn’t seem to be able to break through completely. Can you provide us some feedback of the time while you were in the Brewers system?
I enjoyed my time with the Brewers. The Brewers believed in my talent and drafted me out of high school and I will always be grateful. Spent 7 seasons with the Brewers before I elected free agency. Sometimes it’s best to move on to something new and I felt that was the best for my career. I signed with the Braves in November of 2017.
Brewers have always seemed like a good organization, glad to get confirmation. As a Braves fan, I’m glad that you chose us. You’re having a monster year, a year that should get you noticed. With launch angle, exit velocity, etc., being brought forth in baseball, do you contribute your success to any studying and/or actions specifically to increase the above? If not, care to share any of your voodoo secrets?!
I don’t pay attention to any numbers at all. When I’m at the plate I have a very simple approach. Get a good pitch and hit it hard. I’m trying to get on base however I possibly can and drive in runs when the opportunity comes.
Good deal! Well, looking at the stats this year, this is a serious offensive breakout for you and the power is really coming. Anything at all (new offseason workout, etc.) that you can attribute to your success?
Hard work day in day out during the off-season. I have a trainer back home who pushes me to my limits and it’s really paying off!