Reed Reilly was known best as a dominant closer at Cal Poly. But the righty, selected by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft, is going to get every opportunity to start at the professional level.
"We hope to get him out and start him and really develop him as a starter," said Red Sox director of amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye. "He is a big, physical guy that's taken the ball for Cal Poly and spent a lot of time pitching in big situations."
After being selected by the Orioles in the 18th round last year, Reilly opted to return for another collegiate season.
Considering how much he climbed in the Draft, that proved to be a wise choice.
Though his fastball is generally in the low 90s, Reilly can get up to about 95 mph when he reaches back.
"He possessed three pitches," said Sawdaye. "We have no reason to believe he can't start, and that's how we're going to develop him. He's a fastball/curveball/changeup guy. He's a big physical kid and possessed a lot of things we look for in a starting pitcher."
Reilly saved 12 of the 28 games he pitched in this season while posting a 1.71 ERA and holding opponents to a .151 batting average.
In 47 1/3 innings, he issued 17 walks while recording 53 strikeouts.
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