Perseverance has paid off for Oley Valley graduate Nate Reed. After a recent workout in the Dominican Republic, the 6’2 lefty was offered a contract by the Boston Red Sox.
Reed was a standout baseball and basketball player at Oley Valley. He started his college career at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Kutztown University where he became the Golden Bears’ ace.
The Mariners drafted Reed in the 40th round and he spent parts of 2010 and 2011 pitching for Seattle’s High-A ball team. Reed was released by the Mariners, but his journey wasn’t over. After a year away from organized baseball, he joined the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. The 25-year old finished this season with a 2.86 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 75 innings. The Barnstormers used him primarily as a relief pitcher.
Reed caught the eye of some major league scouts and the Red Sox invited him to the D.R. where he faced Jose Abreu, the latest highly touted prospect from Cuba. Abreu is expected to get a mega-deal on the free agent market. Reed, who consistently throws in the low 90’s and occasionally hits 94 on the radar gun, performed well enough to receive a contract offer from Boston.
I’d say the flight was worth it!