Rowand Rejoins Sox…

Recently, the Chicago White Sox announced that Aaron Rowand would rejoin the organization as a minor league instructor. Rowand, who was the center fielder on Chicago’s 2005 World Series Championship winning team, will work as the organization’s minor league outfield and baserunning instructor. He replaces Doug Sisson.aaron-roward-white-sox-tv-analyst-fill-in

Rowand was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 draft out of Cal-State Fullerton (sandwich pick between the 1st & 2nd round). He played 11 seasons in the bigs, including five with the White Sox. Rowand also spent time with the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

In 1,358 career major league games, Rowand compiled a career batting average of .273 with 1,193 hits, 136 home runs, and 536 RBIs. He was a National League All-Star in 2007 while playing for the Phillies.

A native of Portland, OR, Rowand was a solid defensive outfielder and earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his efforts in 2007. He led the National League in assists and fielding percentage that season while roaming the outfield in the City of Brotherly Love.

I’ll always remember watching Rowand crashing into the wall at Citizens Bank Park in 2006 against the New York Mets. I was watching that game live. That was one of the finest catches you will ever see!

Rowand is also a former Charlotte Knights center fielder, who hit .295 with 16 home runs and 48 RBIs in 82 games with the club in 2001. He also appeared in 32 games with the Knights in 2003. Aaron Rowand

Over the course of his career, he won two World Series Championships (2005 with Chicago and 2010 with San Francisco).

Here’s what Rowand had to say about his new position (excerpt from the Chicago White Sox press release):

“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the organization, which gave me my professional start,” said Rowand. “As everyone knows, I have a deep passion and loyalty to the White Sox, so I’m excited to help the organization anyway I can. I feel like I have a lot to offer the players coming up through the system, and I can’t wait to get started in spring training.”

Talking Baseball: Jack McDowell

Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.

On November 7, 2015, the U Deserve A Chance Foundation held their first-ever Home Plate Gala at BB&T Ballpark. Throughout the night, I had a chance to interview some of the many baseball personalities who were on hand for this special event. Overall, the event was a huge success and the first of many for the organization.

My final interview of the night was with 1993 Cy Young Award-winner Jack McDowell, who currently resides in the Charlotte area. McDowell put together a terrific Major League Baseball career as a pitcher for 12 seasons. mcdowell_1280_7ttz7n7o_mve6dxmh

A product of Stanford University, McDowell earned co-Freshman of the Year in 1985, 2nd team All-American in 1986, and 3rd team All-American in 1987. That same year (1987), he led Stanford to a College World Series Championship.

Also in 1987, McDowell was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 1987 draft (fifth overall). NOTE: The first pick in the draft was Ken Griffey Jr. and Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio was selected 22nd overall.

Back to McDowell, however, who went on to have a successful big league career. He won a total of 127 games, including a career-high 22 in 1993 en route to winning the American League Cy Young Award. That season, “Black Jack” posted a 22-10 mark with a 3.37 ERA in 34 starts. He tossed 10 complete games and led the league in shutouts with four.

The 6’5″ right-hander pitched for 148-71TFreight seasons with the Chicago White Sox and compiled 91 wins over that span. He helped lead Chicago to a solid 94-68 record in 1993 and a postseason berth. The team played for the American League Championship (lost to the Toronto Blue Jays).

Over a three-year span (1991-93), McDowell won 59 games, including back-to-back 20-win seasons (1992-93). He pitched over 250 innings in each of those three seasons and was an American League All-Star in each of those three campaigns.

Later in his career, McDowell spent time with the New York Yankees (1995), Cleveland Indians (1996-97), and Anaheim Angels (1998-99). Injuries over the course of his career began to take a toll and McDowell retired from baseball after the 1999 season. He finished with a career mark of 127-87 with a 3.85 ERA in 277 games (275 starts). He led the American League in complete games three times (1991, 1992, & 1995), games started twice (1991 & 1994), and wins once (1993).

Most recently, McDowell spent time in the Los Angeles Dodgers system as a manager. He guided the organization’s Rookie League affiliates, the Ogden Raptors in 2014, and the Arizona League Dodgers in 2015.

I sat down and spoke to “Black Jack” about the Home Plate Gala, his remarkable career as a pitcher, his chance to manage, and his days as a musician with his band stickfigure.

Here’s episode five of “Talking Baseball” with guest, Jack McDowell.

Talking Baseball: John Ennis

Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.1660-331984Fr

Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 14th round of the 1998 draft, John Wayne Ennis (The Duke) spent parts of 13 seasons at the Minor League level — including parts of three seasons in the Majors. The Montrose, CO native even spent a season playing in the Korean Baseball Organization (2008 with Samsung).

Ennis spent parts of six seasons with the organization that drafted him (Atlanta) and made his Major League debut on April 10, 2002 with the Braves at the age of 22 (4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 SO). He later spent parts of four years in Detroit’s organization (2003-2006).

The talented right-handed pitcher eventually made his way to the Philadelphia Phillies organization and made three appearances for the Phils in 2007.

Ennis is someone who I am familiar with from my time working in Philadelphia’s organization. He pitched in parts of three seasons for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A affiliate) from 2008-2010. He also spent time with the Reading Phillies (Double-A affiliate) in 2010. I worked for the IronPigs in both 2008 & 2009, and later became the PR Director for the R-Phils in 2010.ennis twitter

Overall, he appeared in 16 Major League games with three different teams over his career — Atlanta, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

Now, the 6’5″ former right-handed pitcher makes his home in the Charlotte area. He’s still around the game, working with Carolinas Baseball Center (CBC) as a coach and instructor.

I caught up with John on Saturday, November 7 at the U Deserve A Chance Foundation’s first-ever Home Plate Gala, which took place at BB&T Ballpark. The event featured notable baseball personalities from in and around the Charlotte area, including all levels of the game. It was all for a great cause.

John and I spoke about the Home Plate Gala, the U Deserve A Chance Foundation, his time in the Philadelphia organization during a successful time for the franchise, his “The Duke” nickname, and more.

Here’s episode four of “Talking Baseball” with guest, John Ennis.

RIP, Tommy

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

Tragic. Devastating. Heartbreaking.

Those are just some of the thoughts and words I have after hearing about the sudden passing of former Charlotte Knights right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson.

At just 29 years old, the talented, hard-throwing pitcher had so much more to give the world. And, after seeing the outpouring of thoughts and prayers today, it’s obvious that Tommy touched so many lives throughout the game — and throughout his short time on earth.

As a Public Relations Director, I keep my relationship with players professional. I work with them during the season to set up interviews with the media and I try to help them out with anything they may need. While I wish I could somehow stay in touch with every player I have come into contact with over my nine years working in professional baseball, it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t work that way. Players come and go each year, and we lose touch.

Tommy’s time with the Knights was short. He appeared in 10 games in 2014 with the club after signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on April 7, 2014. He was officially assigned to the Knights on April 19 and made his Knights debut on April 20.

I remember the day he made his debut for the Knights. The team was in Gwinnett County, GA playing the G-Braves. Hanson, a standout with the Braves, who still lived in the Atlanta area, was ready to face his former ‘mates. I wanted to drive down to Coolray Field that day to be there and see what that would be like. Hanson was very well-liked in the Braves organization. Very respected for his accomplishments.

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

Photo Credit: Buren Foster

The Oklahoma native won 45 games for Atlanta over four seasons (2009-12). He finished third in the National League Cy Young Award voting in 2009 after posting an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. In fact, he won at least 10 games in each of his four seasons, including 13 in 2012.

Over his last three seasons, however, he appeared in just 15 games at the major league level. He went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013.

After that, it was on to the Knights in 2014 and the San Francisco Giants minor league system last year (San Jose & Sacramento). Still, Tommy was pitching and making an impact on those who he came in contact with.

Once rated as the number four prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America (2009), Hanson will always be remembered around the game by so many.

On behalf of the Charlotte Knights organization, my thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy’s family and friends at this time. RIP, Tommy. Thanks for your contributions to Charlotte Knights baseball.

Talking Baseball: Hal Bagwell

Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.
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On Saturday, November 7, BB&T Ballpark was the site of the first-ever “Home Plate Gala” hosted by the U Deserve A Chance Foundation. The non-profit foundation, which was founded by former Charlotte Knights and Charlotte O’s infielder Jeff Schaefer, aims to bridge the financial gap for individuals and organizations that are unable to afford the spiraling costs of participating in the sport.

Schaefer, who spent parts of five seasons in the majors, welcomed over 130 people to the event, including a “who’s who” of Charlotte baseball personalities. There were former Major League players, along with current High School and College baseball coaches from around the Charlotte area.

Speakers for the event included USA Baseball’s Rick Riccobono and Wake Forest University head baseball coach Tom Walter, who received the foundation’s first “Spirit of the Game” Award. Walter was the subject of an ESPN 30-for-30 documentary for donating one of his kidneys to Kevin Jordan, an outfielder on the Demon Deacons. Jordan, who was diagnosed with a serious kidney disease and needed a transplant, received the kidney from Walter just days before the 2011 season.
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One of those people who was at the prestigious event on Saturday at BB&T Ballpark was Ardrey Kell High School head baseball coach, Hal Bagwell. I sat down with Hal during the event and we talked about the the Home Plate Gala, as well as a number of other items. Hal grew up going to baseball games in Charlotte and attended games at both Crockett Park and Knights Stadium in Fort Mill.

With a photo of Jim Thome and Charlie Manuel hanging just next to us while we talked, Hal mentioned to me about going to Knights games with his dad when Thome was playing for the team and Manuel was managing it in 1993 at Knights Stadium.

I had the opportunity to meet Hal a few months back when he was a guest on the Schaefer Baseball Report with Jeff Schaefer and I. Seeing him again on Saturday and talking baseball with him was a great experience.

Here’s episode three of “Talking Baseball” with guest, Hal Bagwell

Talking Baseball: Mike Shildt

Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.head shot

Mike Shildt is a Charlotte, NC native. He grew up around the game of baseball with the Charlotte O’s. He’s worked in baseball in a number of capacities over the years. Now, he’s coming off a successful first season as a Triple-A manager in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, one of the most prolific organizations in the history of baseball. He’s doing what he loves to do.

I caught up with Mike, manager of the Memphis Redbirds, after talking baseball with him on air during an episode of the Schaefer Baseball Report, which airs on Saturdays at 11 AM on WFNZ. Jeff Schaefer and I talk baseball each week and it’s guests like Mike who make the show great.

Click here to listen to the episode with Mike

Before getting into the professional ranks, Shildt worked at the high school and collegiate levels. He has five years of college baseball coaching experience between stops at the Charlotte 49ers and his alma mater, UNC Asheville. Before making the transition to Minor League Baseball coach and eventually Minor League Baseball manager, Shildt worked three years as an associate scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau.

Since 2004, Shildt has worked in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in a number of positions. He’s worked his way up the organizational ladder and has had tons of success along the way.  Shildt_480x380_vtj51mxw_zj98vn1g

Among some of his accomplishments, he guided the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League to back-to-back league championships in 2010-11. He later led Double-A Springfield to their first Texas League Championship in 2012. That team was named as the Baseball America Team of the Year.

It’s always great to see someone succeed — especially someone like Mike. I’ve had the privilege and honor to get to know Mike over the last few years, thanks to my job with the Charlotte Knights. His mom Lib worked for the Charlotte O’s and handled public relations among many things for the team over the years. It’s through Lib that Mike and I got to know each other. Much like Mike, I considered Lib a great friend. She keeps up-to-date with all Charlotte Knights news and I always enjoy the notes she sends me after a Knights win — and even after a Knights loss. I always look forward to her emails. It’s nice to know she is there keeping an eye on Charlotte baseball.

Here’s episode two of “Talking Baseball” with guest, Mike Shildt

Winter League Update: October 23, 2015

While Major League Baseball is in the midst of an exciting World Series, Winter League Baseball is underway from Arizona (Arizona Fall League), the Dominican Republic (Liga de Beisbol Domincano), Mexico (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico), Puerto Rico (Liga de Profesional Roberto Clemente), Venezuela (Liga Venezuela Profesional Beisbol), and Australia (Australian Baseball League).

Hundreds of current Major Leaguers, former Major Leaguers, and up-and-coming Major Leaguers are playing baseball all across the world. Each week, I’ll take a look at some former Knights players who are playing in one of the winter leagues.

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano:

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Charlotte Knights infielder (2013 & 2015) Leury Garcia has appeared in three games with Gigantes del Cibao so far this winter and is hitting .385 (5-for-13) with one run scored, one walk, and a .429 on-base percentage. Garcia hit .298 (104-for-349) with 57 runs scored, 19 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 31 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases. He became just the 10th Knights player in franchise history to steal 30 bases in a season and the first since 2008 (Jason Bourgeois and Jerry Owens).

Slugger Andy Wilkins (2013-14) has appeared in five games with Aguilas Cibaenas and is hitting .267 (4-for-15) with one RBI.

Wilkins had a special season in 2014. A year after hitting seven home runs for the Knights in 2013, the Tulsa, OK native smashed 30 home runs for the team in 2014. Overall, Wilkins hit .293 (144-for-491) with 30 home runs and 85 RBIs in the team’s return to Charlotte.

Wilkins, who was drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, was selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on March 29, 2015 — just days before the season. He appeared in 21 games for Triple-A Buffalo and hit .264 (19-for-72). He was later purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Blue Jays on May 3 and finished the 2015 campaign with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wilkins hit .249 with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs. Most recently, Wilkins was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on September 6, 2015.

RHP Hector Noesi made his first start of the winter season on October 18 and earned the win after allowing just one run on five hits over 5.2 innings pitched. Noesi walked one and struck-out one batter. The 6’3″ Dominican native compiled a 4-4 record with a 3.32 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with the Knights in 2015.

RHP Parker Frazier started for Gigantes del Cibao on October 16 and allowed two unearned runs on three hits over four innings in a no-decision. Frazier posted a 0-1 mark with a 5.08 ERA in 15 games with the Charlotte Knights in 2014.

RHP Jairo Asencio is currently tied for the league lead with two saves. Asencio has allowed just two hits over four scoreless innings while pitching for Tigres del Licey. Asencio was 0-0 with nine saves and a 5.03 ERA in 17 games in 2015 with the Charlotte Knights.

Former Knights in the Postseason: Clayton Richard

LHP Clayton Richard has become a key contributor to the Chicago Cubs out of their bullpen during the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason. Richard, who was acquired by the Cubs from the Pirates on July 3, 2015, appeared in two games during Chicago’s NLDS matchup against the Cardinals and didn’t allow a run (0.2 IP).

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 18:  Pitcher Brooks Raley #43 poses during Chicago Cubs photo day on February 18, 2013 at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Currently, Richard and the Cubs are competing against the National League East-winning New York Mets in the NLCS and are down 3-0 in the series. Richard has appeared in all three games out of the ‘pen and has allowed just two hits over two scoreless innings.

Originally a starter, Richard has become a solid left-handed pitcher for the Cubs during the playoffs.

It’s fitting for Richard to perform well in Chicago, since he’s been there before.

The Lafayette, IN native was originally drafted by the the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round of the 2005 draft and made his way through the White Sox system over the next three seasons.

Richard eventually made his way to Fort Mill, SC to pitch for the Charlotte Knights in 2008, before a promotion to the South Side was in his cards later that year.

He excelled during his time with the Knights.

Appearing in seven games with the club in 2008, Richard posted an impressive 6-0 record with a 2.45 ERA over 44.0 innings pitched. During that 2008 campaign, he worked his way up to Charlotte after compiling a 6-6 record with a 2.47 ERA over 83.2 innings pitched with the Double-A Birmingham Barons.

At 24 years old, Richard made his Triple-A debut for the Charlotte Knights on June 12, 2008 in Norfolk and went seven solid innings for the win (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO). He continued to dominate Triple-A hitters over his short stint with the Knights — winning his first six starts. After those six games, he was 6-0 with a 2.37 ERA. 

Richard’s dominating run led to a promotion to the White Sox and his major league debut on July 23. On that day, the University of Michigan product tossed four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in a no-decision.

He returned to the Knights and made one more start with the team on August 8 — allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision.

The following season, Richard was a key piece in the trade deadline deal that brought RHP Jake Peavy to Chicago from San Diego. In five season with the Padres (2009-2013), Richard went 40-39 with a 4.16 ERA in 108 games (107 starts). He became a free agent after the 2013 season.

After undergoing surgery in February (2014), Richard signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1 and finished up the campaign with four games pitched over two levels (Double-A & Triple-A).

Richard signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 3, 2014 and pitched for both Bradenton (A+) and Indianapolis (Triple-A) in 2015, before finding a role in Chicago’s bullpen. Now, the 32-year-old left-hander has found a role in Chicago’s ‘pen and has excelled in the process.

Talking Baseball: Jeff Schaefer

Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.

As part of my job as the PR/Media Relations Director with the Charlotte Knights, I get the opportunity to work with some great people. That’s why I love what I do.

Jeff Schaefer with the Charlotte O's. (No mullet... yet!)

Jeff Schaefer with the Charlotte O’s. (No mullet… yet!)

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet former Charlotte O’s/Charlotte Knights infielder Jeff Schaefer. He’s a baseball guy, I’m a baseball guy, and we talked baseball. We talked about the state of the game. We talked about what the game used to be and where it was going. We even talked about Strat-O-Matic!

Jeff loves to talk baseball. He is baseball.

Since February, 2015, Jeff has been talking baseball weekly on Saturday mornings at 11 AM on 610 AM WFNZ. He talks about the game of baseball from the Little League level to the Major League level. And why not? He worked as hard as anyone to make that transition across every level of the game. He spent parts of five seasons in the majors. Each week, I get to talk baseball with him on air and it’s a blast.

And now, among other things, he’s giving back to the Charlotte community.

“Schaef” was at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, October 16 to talk baseball. He was also on hand to look at the Diamonds Direct Luxury Lounge, which will host the first-ever “Home Plate Gala” in support of the “U Deserve A Chance Foundation” on November 7th.

Seattle Mariners days (with that famous mullet)

Seattle Mariners days (with that famous mullet)

The UDACF was first developed with the idea of leveling the playing field for underprivileged players. For many, the cost to participate at the level necessary to achieve collegiate exposure was simply beyond reach. UDACF bridges that gap and provides the disadvantaged with the necessary support to advance their dreams. With your support the UDACF looks to continue this service and take it even farther with even more players of all ages being reached.

I caught up with Jeff to talk about the game of baseball, the “U Deserve A Chance Foundation” and their big “Home Plate Gala” on November 7th.

The event will be a celebration of the game of baseball. There will be many prominent figures from around the Carolinas on hand to talk baseball. Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach Tom Walter will receive the 2015 UDACF Spirit of the Game Award. Director of USA Baseball, Rick Riccobono will deliver the keynote speech.

Talking Baseball – Episode #1: Jeff Schaefer


For more information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets, check out their website at http://www.udacf.org. To listen to the Schaefer Baseball Report on WFNZ online every Saturday at 11 AM, follow this link: http://wfnz.com/listen-live/

Knights in the 2015 MLB Postseason: Addison Reed

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Addison Reed was acquired by the Mets from the Diamondbacks on August 30, 2015.

Former Charlotte Knights right-handed pitcher Addison Reed is currently a member of the New York Mets, who will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Mets went 90-72 to win the National League East Division this season. They finished seven games ahead of second place Washington.

Reed has proven to be a solid member of New York’s bullpen since he was acquired by the club on August 30, 2015 from Arizona in exchange for two minor league pitchers (Miller Diaz & Matt Koch). The former Knights hurler posted a 1-1 record with a 1.17 ERA down the stretch for the Mets this year (17 games).

A native of Montclair, CA, Reed was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. The 6’4″, 230-pound reliever quickly made his way through Chicago’s system. He made his professional debut in 2010 with Great Falls (Rookie League) and went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 13 games with the Voyagers.

In 2011, Reed’s rise through the system was quick. He began the year with Single-A Kannapolis and posted a 1.12 ERA in four games. Next, it was on to High-A Winston-Salem, where Reed went 2-0 with a 2.54 ERA in 15 games. He continued to jump classifications, going to Double-A Birmingham next, where he compiled a 0-1 record with a minuscule 0.87 ERA in 13 games. Was he done there? Not even close.

Reed was promoted to Triple-A in late July and was sharp as a member of Charlotte’s bullpen. He struck-out four batters in two innings for his Triple-A debut on July 26 at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC. Reed_Addison

Appearing in 11 games with Charlotte that year, the San Diego State University product posted a 1.27 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. It was his final test before a promotion to Chicago was in the cards.

On September 4, 2011, Reed made his major league debut with the White Sox against the Detroit Tigers (1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO). On that day, his journey through the system that season came full circle. After beginning in Kannapolis, and continuing through Winston-Salem, Birmingham, and Charlotte, Reed was now a member of the White Sox at the young age of 22. He finished the season with a 0-0 record and a 3.68 ERA in six games with Chicago.

Overall in 43 games (combined between four teams) at the minor league level in 2011, Reed went 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA. He fanned a whopping 111 batters in 78.1 innings pitched.

Reed spent the next two seasons (2012-13) with the South Siders, saving 29 games in 2012 and a career-high 40 in 2013. On December 16, 2013, things changed for Reed. On that day, the Los Osos High School product was traded to the Diamondbacks for 3B Matt Davidson, who spent the past two seasons with the Knights (2014-15).

With the D’Backs, Reed went just 1-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 2014 (59.1 IP), his first of two seasons with the organization. Still, the talented righty saved 32 games for Arizona in his first season and struck-out 69 batters over that span. In 2015, he was back in Arizona’s bullpen and went 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA with three saves in 38 games (40.2 IP). He also spent time in Triple-A Reno, where he went 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 11 games. With the 2015 season winding down and the Mets looking for bullpen help, the two teams worked out a trade to bring Reed to the Big Apple. Once he got there, he shined.

Reed played a key role in New York’s bullpen in September. He compiled a 1.17 ERA in 17 games and was a big part of the team’s success down the stretch. As a late-inning reliever, Reed was exactly what the Mets were looking for to help bridge the gap to closer Jeurys Familia.

Now, the 26-year-old reliever will look to continue his impact into the 2015 MLB Postseason. Reed is sure to see some action throughout the series against the Dodgers. Stay tuned…

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