Revs Add Atlantic League Vet, Reading Native Reed
York Revolution manager Mark Mason fortified his bullpen on Saturday afternoon, signing left-handed reliever Nate Reed to a contract. Reed will join Scott Rice as one of two southpaws in the Revs bullpen in time for tonight’s game against New Britain.
Reed, 28, began the season in the Mexican League, pitching three games for Tijuana in April. This is his third stint in the Atlantic League after a pair of successful seasons with Lancaster. Reed spent the 2015 season with the Barnstormers, pitching 109 innings while going 8-7 with a 3.80 ERA and 110 strikeouts over 32 appearances (17 starts). He made his presence known against the Revolution, going 3-0 with a 3.65 ERA in five starts and three appearances while helping Lancaster claim the Community Cup.
The Reading native debuted with the Barnstormers in 2013, posting a 1.33 ERA in his first 38 appearances and finishing 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA. On the back of that performance, the Boston Red Sox signed him to a minor league contract for the 2014 season. Reed split time between Advanced-A Salem and Double-A Portland that season, going a combined 3-2 with a 4.48 ERA over 26 games in relief. His six games in Portland were the first time Reed had reached Double-A in his career.
A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Reed pitched collegiately for Pittsburgh for three seasons before transferring to nearby Kutztown University for his senior year in 2010. He pitched a no-hitter against Bloomsburg that season on the way to leading Kutztown to a Division II Atlantic Region title.
After forgoing signing with the White Sox in 2009, Reed signed with Seattle after the Mariners drafted him in the 40th round in 2010. He pitched two seasons in the Mariners system, making it as high as Advanced-A High Desert.
Mason sees in Reed, who brings four pitches to the table, as a reliever who can also transition into the rotation if need be. Reed will wear the number 31 for the Revs, previously issued to Ron Schreurs, who was released on Friday.