(Our exit interview series looks at how players performed in 2018 along with a preview of their future.)
MLB: 7 PAs, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K, .286/.286/.286 (.517 OPS)
MiLB: 404 PAs, 114 H, 26 Doubles, 11 HRs, 62 BBs, 10 SBs (3 CS), .342/.453/.520 (.972 OPS)
2018: Reed spent his entire career in the Brewers organization before 2018 when he was signed by the Braves as a Minor League Free agent. Whatever the reason, Reed came to the Braves with something to prove and prove it he did. Between AA & AAA, Reed made sure his performance could not be ignored even with a BABIP that was so inflated I’m surprised it didn’t float away. It was July 2nd when Reed got his first call-up, but it only lasted 1 day. Later we found out that Reed had an opt-out date, making it mandatory for the Braves to place him on the 40-man on or prior to 7/2. The Braves manipulated the system a bit, but kept their man. It wasn’t until 8/21 that Reed got called up again and stayed up until rosters expanded. On 9/1, he must have really swung the bat hard as he was placed on the 60-day DL with a low back strain. When season ends, he’ll either be placed back on the 40-man, or released.
Contract Details: Age-26 when 2019 opens. Team-controlled through at least 2024. Won’t be arbitration-eligible until 2022. His last option was used in 2018.
Previewing 2019: I feel like it would be in Reed’s best interest for the Braves to let him walk so he can find a rebuilding team that could give him an opportunity to play on a regular basis. Someone like the Marlins or the Orioles come to mind. However, if the Braves do keep him, he’s out of options so he’d have to stay on the 25-man roster or be exposed to waivers. Adding those things up, I highly doubt Reed is with the Braves in 2019.
Did you know? Between AA, AAA, and MLB, Michael Reed carried a BABIP of .458 in 411 plate appearances. While that might not mean much to you at this juncture, let me drop a graphic courtesy of Baseball Reference on you: