Jimmy Reed and the other three left-handed pitching prospects the Cardinals drafted Friday not only share a common dominant arm. All four stand at about the same height -- or lack thereof.
When the Cardinals selected Reed with the 185th pick, he became the fourth left-hander at six feet or under picked by St. Louis this Draft. But scouting director Dan Kantrovitz says not to read too much into the height of their shorter-than-usual pitchers.
"These are all guys that can pitch," Kantrovitz said. "I think one of the guys we drafted yesterday might have said it, you don't need to be a certain height to strike people out. That's kind of how we look at it too. There was no rhyme or reason to what height they are, these are all really good pitchers."
The Gaithersburgh, Md., native was drafted by the Yankees in the 21st round last year, but remained at Maryland for his season season where he became the highest Terrapin to be selected since Brett Cecil went in the first round of the 2007 Draft.
"I'm pretty ecstatic right now," Reed said. "The Cardinals are an amazing organization with a proven track record of developing pitchers. It's honestly the best situation for me."
Reed posted a 6-4 record as a senior and finished with the eighth-best ERA in the ACC at 2.33. The second-team All-ACC selection also struck out a career-high 74 batters.
"He's one of those pitchers you just don't like to face," Kantrovitz said. "He's a senior, so he's a veteran for college baseball, but I think he's going to step into our system at a pretty advanced level and do well."
Kantrovitz said the left-hander combines a two-seam fastball and a cutter with a "pretty good" slider and a "really good" changeup, adding that the Cardinals have profiled him as a starter.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.