Lone Star Dugout Q&A: Evan Reed

The Rangers' third round pick in the 2007 draft, Clinton hurler Evan Reed is already making a big impact with the playoff-bound full season club. Lone Star Dugout has an interview with the 21-year-old, who has posted a 2.20 ERA through his first 32.2 professional innings.

The Texas Rangers drafted 6-foot-4 hurler Evan Reed in the third round of this year's amateur draft.

A product of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Reed served as the Mustangs' closer this season after posting a 4.58 ERA primarily as a starting pitcher in 2006. Reed pitched exceptionally well out of the bullpen this year, as he earned 11 saves to go along with a 3.19 ERA in 32 appearances.

After signing with the Rangers on July 3, Reed was assigned to the short season Spokane Indians, where he once again became a starting pitcher. The right-hander pitched well for the Indians, yielding only four earned runs in 17 2/3 innings. The performance was good enough to earn a promotion to Single-A Clinton.

Reed has already become a key component of the postseason-bound LumberKings pitching staff. In three starts with the club, the 21-year-old has a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings.

Lone Star Dugout was recently able to sit down with the closer-turned-starter for a quick interview.

Jason Cole: You were a starting pitcher two years ago, but you moved to the bullpen this year at Cal Poly and had much better results. Do you feel that move helped you out?

Evan Reed: I feel like it was just more of a maturity thing. I got more innings and I started realizing more of what pitching was instead of just throwing. It was one of those things where, coming in as a closer you have that high intensity for an inning or two and that's all you needed. In starting pitching, you just have to maintain it for more innings. It has just been a learning process on how to deal with that.

Cole: It seems like the Rangers are turning you into a starting pitcher this year. Where do you think you'll end up next year and into the future?

Reed: I think I'll be given a chance to start. Like I said, I'm just going to be adjusting and allowing myself to repeat my mechanics so I can start and go deep into games.

Cole: Do you prefer one role over the other?

Reed: They're so different. Closing is fun because every game and every pitch is so high intensity. But with starting, you can take your time and go through your routine to get ready. I enjoy starting because you can get consistent workouts in between and you know exactly when you're pitching. I prefer starting.

Cole: How do you feel about your season so far, with both Spokane and Clinton?

Reed: Coming in, I didn't know exactly what to expect. I have just gotten real good teaching with the pitching coaches I've worked with. I feel like I've had pretty good results and the reason I've had good results is because I have gotten some good workouts in the bullpen. It has allowed me to throw more strikes and attack the hitters.

Cole: What is it like joining a Clinton team that has already clinched a spot in the playoffs?

Reed: It's a good feeling. We're struggling a little bit in the second half, so I just wanted to try to help pick up some momentum going into the playoffs. It is really exciting. We have a few more home games, and then we get that day off, and we're right in the playoff chase. I couldn't ask for more.

Cole: Do you have any idea if you're going to be in the rotation for the playoffs?

Reed: They haven't quite specified. That number three starter is going to go to me or Beau Jones. Obviously I'm hoping to be in it.

Cole: What is your impression of this Clinton team so far?

Reed: We seem to be real streaky. Sometimes we'll have an outbreak of eight or ten runs, and then the next couple of games we'll get two hits. It seems to be a streaky team, so that's why I'm hoping we can get some momentum going into the playoffs. In terms of pitching for me, the defense here is just great. It's great to pitch in front of a good defense.

Cole: Can you talk about what pitches you throw and the speeds you generally work at?

Reed: I throw a fastball, a slider, and a changeup. My fastball is anywhere from the high-80's to low-, sometimes mid-90's. My changeup is usually around the high-70's to low-80's. My slider is usually in the low-80's.

Cole: Which pitch do you consider to be your best right now?

Reed: When I'm going good, it's just the fact that I can throw a second or third pitch for a strike. I feel my fastball command is much improved. I wouldn't necessarily say I have a best pitch. It's when I'm using my pitches effectively together.

Cole: Is there a pitch you feel needs the most work right now?

Reed: I need to get a little more consistent with my changeup. It's all in the process. Some days it is there for me and some days it's not where it needs to be. That's the consistency thing. That's why we're here. I'm working everyday and trying to get consistent.

Cole: What else have you been working on with the coaching staffs since you joined the Rangers organization?

Reed: I have a tendency of getting a little too excited and rushing down the hill. That's when my ball comes in a little flat. When I'm able to stay back and stay over the rubber a little bit, I can get that downhill plane. That has been huge for me. I continue to work on that every day. I'm trying to become more balanced and it has helped me a lot.

Cole: Looking at your stats, you haven't allowed a home run since the 2006 season at Cal Poly. Why do you feel that is?

Reed: I don't know. When my fastball is going good, it's got a little hard sink to it. I like to work down a lot. I think it has been a combination of a lot of things and obviously with that, there's always a little luck involved.

Cole: Have the Rangers had you on a pitch count this year?

Reed: Yeah. Coming in I was on a 30-pitch for the first two outings. Then I got it to 60 and my last two outings I've been up to 80. They've been real good at not rushing me through anything.

Cole: Do you know if you'll be pitching anywhere over the offseason?

Reed: I'm going to be reporting to instructs on the 24th. After that, I think I'm just going to go through a regular offseason.

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