Jake Reed, the Minnesota Twins most recent draft pick out of the University of Oregon, has done an incredible job in showing his ability thus far during the Arizona Fall League. Seen as an opportunity for promising your prospects to get increased repetitions, Reed has risen to the opportunity.
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In pitching for the Salt River Rafters, Reed has already been named an Arizona Fall League player of the week, and he has continued to brandish a flawless ERA. In six innings of work, he has picked up one win, given up only three hits, and struck out seven.
While the appearances aren’t anything to raise an eyebrow at, it should be noted that the Arizona Fall League is compiled of some of the most talented minor league prospects in Major League Baseball.
Teammate, and former first round pick, Archie Bradley of the Arizona Diamondbacks system, is currently brandishing a 10.29 ERA across 7 innings.
Also a prospect of the Minnesota Twins, and member of the Fort Myers Miracle in 2014, Zack Jones finds himself having pitched to a perfect ERA through four games and 5 inning in the Arizona Fall League.
The Minnesota Twins lay claim to one of the best minor league systems in all of baseball, and the talent is on both sides of the game. With names like Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton lighting up the offensive side, guys like Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios, and Kohl Stewart are promising young pitchers.
Success being seen out of later round picks like Jones and Reed is a great thing for both young pitchers, and they could conceivably find themselves being called upon sooner rather than later to contribute out of the bullpen at Target Field.
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