Left-hander Cody Reed, the Reds' No. 3 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, will be called up Saturday and make his Major League debut against the Astros in Houston.
Reed was acquired from Kansas City in last July's Johnny Cueto trade. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Louisville, striking out 63 batters and issuing just 17 walks in 64 2/3 innings.
"It's just another piece," said Reds manager Bryan Price said of Reed. "It's another piece of putting this together, where we have some consistency and some young pieces that get a chance to grow. We're seeing it with a handful of guys who are currently with us now -- now that [Jose] Peraza is with us, and [Brandon] Finnegan, [Eugenio] Suarez and some of these guys we anticipate are going to be here -- or are at least going to be optimistic are going to be here -- potentially long term. …
"We're going to have to be patient with some of the other kids who are in Double-A and Triple-A, and some of the kids who are coming off the disabled list fairly soon. But he's a piece of our future that we feel very confident is going to be able to impact our club in a very positive way."
Reed is ranked as MLBPipeline.com's sixth-best left-handed prospect. He features two plus pitches in his fastball and slider, while also possessing a changeup.
Reed was originally selected in the second round of the 2013 Draft by the Royals out of Northwest Mississippi Community College, and he has a 3.69 ERA in 71 Minor League appearances (59 starts).
Fantasy spin | Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB)
A notable prospect with a 3.20 ERA and a 63-to-17 K:BB ratio across 64 2/3 innings in Triple-A this season, Reed should immediately attract the attention of fantasy owners. The southpaw may struggle to post a high win total on a team with baseball's highest bullpen ERA (6.15), but he nonetheless has mixed-league potential given his ability to post a high K rate with helpful ratios. The 23-year-old can be added in deep leagues now, while shallow-format owners should take a wait-and-see approach for the time being.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.