Dodgers Fill Slow News Day With Signing of Chris Reed


Here’s some good placeholder news for a night off: per Tony Jackson, the Dodgers have come to terms with their first round pick, Stanford lefty Chris Reed.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized an agreement with former Stanford University left-hander Chris Reed, their first-round selection in the June amateur draft, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Thursday.

Reed accepted a signing bonus of a little less than $1.6 million just four days before Monday’s deadline for signing this year’s draft picks.

The deal is expected to be announced on Friday. The agreement became official after Reed passed a physical examination on Thursday.

The Dodgers now have signed nine of their first 10 picks, the exception being fourth-rounder Ryan O’Sullivan, a right-hander out of Oklahoma City University.

Unlike last year’s fun with Zach Lee, there was never much doubt that Reed would sign, since many saw him as something of an overdraft, and there’s little chance that he would have gone back to school for his senior season and gone higher in 2012. Reed will report to Hi-A Rancho Cucamonga, which is a somewhat advanced placement for college draftees.

As Jackson notes, the Dodgers haven’t failed to sign a first round pick since Luke Hochevar in 2005; unfortunately, as you can see from the list below, they haven’t seen much from that group with the notable exception of Clayton Kershaw. It should be noted, of course, that Bryan Morris was used to acquire Manny Ramirez, so he certainly paid some dividends.

Year Rnd DT OvPck Pos WAR G W L ERA WHIP
2011 1 16 Chris Reed (minors) LHP
2010 1 28 Zach Lee (minors) RHP
2009 1s 36 *Aaron Miller (minors) LHP
2008 1 15 Ethan Martin (minors) RHP
2007 1 20 *Chris Withrow (minors) RHP
2007 1s 39 *James Adkins (minors) LHP
2006 1 7 Clayton Kershaw (minors) LHP 13.7 109 39 28 3.07 1.21
2006 1 26 *BRyan Morris (minors) RHP
2006 1s 31 *Preston Mattingly (minors) SS
2005 1s 40 *Luke Hochevar (minors) RHP 0.5 93 27 40 5.37 1.41
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/11/2011.