Bailey Reid Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 20, 2018
Team/Organization: Santa Barbara Foresters (California Collegiate League)
League/Level: College summer baseball
Scouting Notes: Showed out extremely well in two-inning relief stint here; max effort reliever who hides the ball well, particularly from RHH, and gets on hitters quickly with feel for three pitches and real ability to miss bats. Great intensity and adrenaline fits with max effort look; attacks hitters and knows how to miss bats with good late life, great sense of finishing. Some command issues ought to keep him a bullpen arm on into pro ball, but real closer upside here with exceptional velocity and feel to spin two breaking balls; big-time arm who is 2019 MLB Draft eligible and should attract considerable interest … Fastball sat 92-95 in this look, with late, hard run to arm-side that bore in on RHH; also showed some natural sink to fastball with explosiveness at the plate; deceptively fast even at current velo; pitch is hidden well and sneaks up on hitters … Paired fastball with a 79-84 slider, and a 71-74 curveball, both of which spin tight with late, hard break. Slider is more 11-to-5 with hard downward action, serves as his go-to off-speed pitch against hitters on both sides. Curveball has more of a bugs bunny look with considerable velocity differential; only went to it a couple times in my look here, but showed feel for spin and proved a solid follow-up to plus velo off the fastball … Bailey Reid has some mechanical inconsistencies (landing spot, etc.) to iron out and feel for command must generally improve, even in relief profile, but his arm strength and repertoire are both something else for this level and those traits will play well in pro ball. Small school guy who will stay off the radar a bit this coming spring at Westmont, but Bailey Reid bears watching going into the 2019 MLB Draft as an eligible relief arm.
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