Danny Reynolds, Right-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'0
WT : 170 lb.
DOB : May 2, 1991, Las Vegas, Nevada
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : Durango High School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Acquired : Drafted 6th round (201st overall) in 2009 Draft
Stock : Neutral
Cool Notes : Drafted one pick behind other Angels farm hand, Brooks Raley / Italian / Loves pop-tarts
Of the 50 players selected in the Los Angeles Angels 2009 draft, only three remain in the farm system without hitting the Major Leagues. Danny Reynolds is at the top of the list when it comes to talent and promise heading forward. Reynolds, who was put on the Angels 40-man roster earlier this week to be protected from the Rule-5 Draft, has worked through some stumbling blocks in his career to get where he is and could be a threat for an Angels bullpen role in the coming seasons.
Reynolds was taken from his starting role and put in the bullpen permanently this last season, allowing him to attack batters with an aggressive approach, helping lift his game to a new level.
Don't let Reynolds' small frame deceive you. He has one of the fastest arms in the system, helping with the ball leaving his hand with ease. Reynolds made small adjustments to his delivery this past season, rotating his hips with more ease and finishing closer to the plate, helping him create better command of his pitches.
Reynolds is fastball dominant, and for good reason. His fastball sits primarily in the 93-96 range, but has been recorded at 99 in the mid part of last season. Reynolds can paint the corners and create better movement in a lower velocity.
Reynolds also has a high 80's off-speed offer, that comes in as a sliding cut fastball mix. We say cutter due to it's lack of break, but with the speed and variety, Reynold could use it as a "changeup" style pitch to keep batter's off balance.
Reynolds shined in five appearances right out of the draft, allowing no runner to get past second base, and not allowing any right-handed batter to reach base in 10 plate appearances.
Reynolds finished his first full season with a 4.60 ERA, 1.295 WHIP, 9 saves, and 4.8 strikeouts to walks. When Reynolds pitched two innings or more in an appearance, he had a 1.55 ERA, 0.461 WHIP, .127 against average, limiting batters to a .140 on base percentage.
2014 was Reynolds make it or break it year, becoming a potential Rule-5 Draft eligible player at the end of the season. Reynolds thrived with this pressure, putting together the strongest season of his career. Between three affiliates and levels of competition, Reynolds finished the year with a 2.90 ERA, 1.242 WHIP, and struck out 9.1 per nine.
Reynolds began the treck in High-A once again, and shined with a 1.80 ERA, keeping batters to a sub one per inning opportunity of reaching base.
Reynolds jumped into Double-A after a month, and thrived there as well. Two poor outings out of 30 jumped his ERA to 3.60. However, Reynolds had 22 of his outings go scoreless.
The future had a large question mark next to it when it came to Reynolds a few weeks ago. However, the Angels selected Reynolds contract to add to the 40-man contract to protect him from the Rule-5 Draft, showing how they feel about the hard throwing righty.
Reynolds could be a Major Leaguer in 2015 with a strong Spring, or a solid season in Triple-A. It is expected that Reynolds will jump into Triple-A out of Spring Training, and eventually work his way towards the show to make his Major League debut in 2015.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.