With just four games left in the Milwaukee Brewers’ season Michael Reed has finally earned a start. After appearing in four major league games and doubling in his only big league at-bat, Reed will bat seventh and play right field as the Brewers close out their series in San Diego. Here is a look at his season so far and why his first start is well-earned.
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The Biloxi Shuckers had a special season and Reed was a major reason why they were so strong. In 93 games in Biloxi, Reed was one of the team’s biggest run producers, batting .278 while slugging five home runs and driving in 49. He also showed off his speed by swiping 25 bases with the Shuckers. Finally healthy, Reed showed that he is very capable of being a future major league outfielder.
This season Reed was also rewarded with a promotion to AAA Colorado Springs. While he didn’t hit as well there, he was still able to finish the year batting a combined .269.
At worst, Reed is a strong enough defender with a powerful enough bat to at least get a shot as a fourth outfielder down the road. If he can continue to make strides at the plate, he may even be able to work his way into a corner outfield role.