Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/14/14
RYAN REID RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: April 24, 1985 Height: 5’11″ Weight: 215 Bats: Left Throws: Right Drafted: 7th round, 199th overall, 2006 (Devil Rays) How Acquired: Minor league free agent College: James Madison University Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES The Devil Rays drafted Reid as a draft-eligible sophomore.  He throws an 88-92 mph fastball, along with a changeup and slider.  The slider was his out pitch at the time he was drafted, but now the change is the better pitch.  He had very good K rates in the low minors, but not so much since he reached AA.  The Pirates signed him as a minor league free agent in November 2012. 2006 A-:  1-9-0, 6.24 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 53.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 7.3 K/9 Reid struggled as a starter in his short season debut. 2007 A:  6-5-10, 2.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 72.2 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 11.5 K/9 The Rays moved Reid to the bullpen in low A and he was much more effective. 2008 A+:  3-0-8, 0.29 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, 31.0 IP, 0.9 BB/9, 13.1 K/9 AA:  5-4-4, 4.66 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 46.1 IP, 6.0 BB/9, 10.3 K/9 Reid was nearly unhittable in high A, but wasn’t as effective after a mid-season promotion.  The main issue was his control, which went from outstanding to very bad. 2009 AA:  0-1-1, 4.17 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 58.1 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 7.7 K/9 In a full season in AA, Reid improved his control some, but also saw his K rate drop. 2010 AA:  3-3-2, 3.98 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 72.1 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 7.6 K/9 Reid went back to AA for another season and pitched about the same as in 2009. 2011 AA:  2-0-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 6.8 K/9 AAA:  1-1-0, 4.55 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.3 K/9 Reid spent most of the season in AAA, including five starts.  He pitched better than the previous year, including solid walk and K rates. 2012 AAA:  6-3-1, 3.52 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 79.1 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.0 K/9 Reid had his first solid season in the upper minors, increasing his K rate to one per inning.  He had some trouble with gopher balls, allowing eight. Reid has most struggled in the upper minors and was far from outstanding even in 2012, at age 27.  He looks strictly like a AAA reliever rather than somebody who could potentially help out at the major league level. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $145,000 MiLB Debut: 2006 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2013 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 7, 2006: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 7th round, 199th overall pick; signed on June 13. November 6, 2006: Became a free agent. November 9, 2009:  Signed as a minor league free with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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