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Reds prospect Cody Reed starts for Triple-A Louisville tonight

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Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Cody Reed will make his first start in 2017 for the Louisville Bats tonight

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LOUISVILLE – Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Cody Reed will make his first start in 2017 for the Louisville Bats tonight since being sent down to AAA on Wednesday last week.

After being ranked #2 in Baseball America’s Reds prospects list and starting the season on the big league roster, Reed struggled in his time in a Reds uniform where he started one game and appeared in six others in a relief role.

This is where pitchers’ wins and losses can be deceiving, especially for relievers. Reed went 1-1 in his seven appearances, but his other numbers tell the real story. In 14 IP, Reed gave up 10 runs (all earned), eight hits, three home runs and 15 walks. He struck out 15 batters and opponents batted .174 against him, but all 10 runs and 11 walks were given up in his last six innings.

Reed will look to establish himself on the mound again in Louisville as the Cincinnati rotation continues to evolve. Rookie Davis will make his third start tonight since coming off the DL, and rookie Amir Garrett, who was sent down to Louisville on Sunday, is expected to return to the big leagues at some point in 2017. As the Reds continue to be in the rebuilding process, Reed could certainly earn a spot again as a starter or reliever for Cincinnati.

The Bats play the Norfolk Tides tonight at 6:35 at Louisville Slugger Field.