Former Cardinal Chris Reed catches up with Pac-12 Networks' J.B. Long
Former Stanford Cardinal standout Chris Reed made his international debut for Team Great Britain this weekend at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Regensburg, Germany. He was born in England, where his family lived and worked at the time before being raised in California.
Reed, a 2011 first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, made the opening night start on the mound against Team Canada. The 22-year-old pitched 2.2 innings before reaching his club-mandated pitch count for the event, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. The Brits lost 11-1 that night, but Reed and the rest of his teammates did pick up a win over the Czech Republic before being eliminated by Germany at the double-elimination tournament.
Other former Pac-12 talents in Regensburg included Jordan Lennerton, who helped Oregon State to a College World Series title in 2007, and Kyle Wilson, a product of UCLA. Wilson joined Reed on Great Britain’s team. Lennerton hit a pinch-hit home run for Canada on their way to a 3-0 record, good for a spot in the WBC's main draw in March 2013.
Pac-12 Networks’ J.B. Long stepped away from his domestic duties to call the event for MLB International, catching up with Reed in the process to discuss his experience, his days at Stanford and his future in baseball.
On his start in Game 1 of the event against Team Canada:
“It was exciting to kick off the WBC here, the qualifiers. Obviously, facing a good lineup, so it didn't go exactly as planned in the first inning. But recovered well and it was fun... It's a lot different than anything I've ever experienced.”
On how his days at Stanford prepared him for the jump to professional baseball:
“Just to keep working hard. I think that's the biggest thing. At Stanford, you can't go there and slack. That's the exact same thing with the minor leagues. You go there, you work 140 games in a minor league season. You just have to come to the field every day. And a lot of discipline and time management as well.”
On his experience with the Dodgers:
“It's a first-class organization. They treat you really well, and they do things the right way. I have nothing but good things to say about them.”
On his progress through the minor leagues so far:
“I've moved pretty quickly; definitely on track. Now it's just a matter of building up innings and just improving, getting to where I'm throwing deep into games.”
On building his repertoire:
“My fastball, I just need to move it better –in and out. My changeup, I haven't worked on it as much as I thought I would this year, just because I didn't go deep enough in the games. But it's pretty good. I had a good fade on it. So I'd say it's better than it was in college. And slider, I took a step back, just because I had some blister issues. But I'd like to work on that this off-season and get it back to where it was when I signed. And then, I've added a little cutter there. So I'll see how that goes. The main thing is getting my slider back, and then perfecting the other two pitches.”
Wishing there had been a Pac-12 Network during his days on The Farm:
“Oh, that would have been awesome. I think it will bring more fans out to the games... That's huge for the Pac-12. It'll bring excitement to the games. There are big rivalries everywhere you go.”