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June 7, 2014

Pro polish: Ardmore’s Reed drafted by D-Backs

ARDMORE — On the heels of one of the most prolific seasons ever recorded by an Alabama high school pitcher, Ardmore’s Cody Reed is living out his childhood dream.

In a span of nine days, the 6-foot-3-inch, 245-pound lefty received his high school diploma, celebrated his 18th birthday and watched his name flash across the screen during the Major League Baseball draft.

Arizona used its second selection Thursday night on Reed, taking him at No. 54 overall and 13th in the second round. The Diamondbacks may spend up to $1.03 million for a signing bonus, which is based on slotting for the 54th draft pick.

“I was actually ecstatic, and there’s no better feeling. Since I was little, that’s been my dream to see my name on the board,” Reed said. “I watched the draft at my grandparents’ house with my friends, girlfriend and family, and everybody screamed and hollered when it got announced. They went absolutely crazy.”

Reed, who graduated from Ardmore High School with 3.78 grade-point average, signed a national letter-of-intent eight months ago to play baseball at Vanderbilt. The SEC school is known for producing pitchers such as Mike Minor and David Shields, and 13 former Commodores have made it to the majors since 1999. But Reed indicated to The News Courier on Friday that he planned to turn pro.

“I wasn’t expecting Arizona because I hadn’t heard from them in quite a while. Me and Mom went to Athens to get food for the draft party, and then the Diamondbacks (representative) called and asked what I would sign for,” Reed said. “In about a week or so I’ll have to leave. Sometime this week, I will sign the contract after having my advisers look over it, and then I’m going to Montana for rookie ball.”

The Missoula Ospreys, the D-Backs’ Rookie League team, plays home games in western Montana and competes in the Pioneer League from June through September. The distance between the Ospreys’ home stadium and Ardmore is 2,000 miles, or about a 29-hour drive.

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