MICHAEL REED (OF)
Profile: The Brewers used their fifth round pick in 2011 to select Reed and were able to lure him away from an offer to Ole Miss for a reported $500,000. He played in 14 games in the AZL in 2011 before spending the majority of 2012 with Helena. He also saw brief action with both Double-A Huntsville and High-A Brevard County when injuries hit.
Reed moved up to Low-A Wisconsin in 2013, where he played in 118 games for the Timber Rattlers, hitting .286 with 23 doubles and 13 triples. He climbed to Brevard the following year, playing in 110 games and posting a .396 on base percentage with 20 doubles and five home runs.
The Brewers gave Reed a promotion to Double-A Biloxi to start 2015 and the outfielder proved to be a big part of the Shuckers first half dominance of the Southern League, hitting .278 in 93 games. He received a bump to Triple-A Colorado Springs on August 1st and finished out the regular season with the Sky Sox, appearing in 38 games before returning to Biloxi for the playoff run.
Strengths: Reed has the ability to play all three outfield positions, and his strong and accurate arm make him a good fit defensively in right field. Known as a hard worker, Reed also has shown good patience at the plate and is not afraid to take a walk. He’s cut down on his strikeouts while increasing his walk numbers and will battle and not give away at bats.
Weaknesses: The biggest knock on Reed throughout his minor league career has been that he is something of a tweener. He doesn’t have the top end speed of most centerfielders and lacks the big-time power of a corner outfielder.
Future: There’s little doubt that Reed can have a big league career, but the question is where he’ll play. If he can develop some more power, the Brewers might feel more comfortable with him in a corner spot, but at worst, he profiles as a fourth outfielder who could be a valuable reserve/pinch-hitter who will contribute good at bats and solid defense who can fill in at any of the three outfield spots.