The Milwaukee Brewers’ system is chalked full of outfield prospects, but this season, Michael Reed showed that he could still have a future at the major league level. Finally healthy, the 22-year-old outfielder had arguably his best season as a professional. Here is a look at why he is ranked as our 14th best prospect in the system.
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Starting the year in AA Biloxi, Reed made the all-star team and was one of the driving forces to the Shuckers’ fast start. In 93 games, he batted .278 with a .379 OBP and an .801 OPS. During this time he was one of the leaders in the Southern League in many offensive categories.
Though he didn’t hit as well after his promotion to AAA Colorado Springs, he proved enough this season to even earn an end of season promotion to the Brewers. Playing in seven games he went two for six with a double and a run scored.
While he doesn’t hit for much power, (12 home runs in 1,533 minor league at-bats) Reed has several tools that could play well in Milwaukee. First of all, Reed has a patient eye at the plate, as shown by his high walk rate and OBP. With a focus on high on-base percentage hitters, he could have a big future role, even if it is as a backup outfielder.
Secondly, Reed also has solid instincts on the bases. Over his past four minor league season’s he has put up double-digit steals, including seasons with 33 and two years with 26. This could be a great piece to put on the base-paths late in games.
Finally, Reed has the ability to play all around the outfield, which could not only be vital for spot starts, but also for a late game substitution for a player like Khris Davis. With an arm that is rated 60 on MLB.com’s scale, he could be plugged in anywhere in the outfield.
Next season it will be interesting to see where Reed starts the year. While he could start in AAA, pending roster moves and how he does this spring he may be able to work his way onto the roster as the team’s fourth outfielder. Though his career numbers aren’t flashy, but his ability to do the little things well will make him a big piece in the future in Milwaukee.