Former Panther pitcher turns to scouting

Former Amory standout pitcher Brian Reed, a Toronto Blue Jays 27th round pick in the 2003 draft, may not be taking the mound anymore, but he’s not getting away from the game anytime soon.
Reed pitched in the minor leagues with the Blue Jays’ and Phillies’ organizations from 2003-2006. While in the minors, he has played catch with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels – pitchers who have made a name for themselves in the Majors with the Blue Jays and Phillies.
Reed, who decided to retire in 2006, said he made his living in the game by “breaking bats and throwing groundball outs.”
Now 28, said he ended his career the best way he could have ended it. He said he could have bounced around some more and pitched in Triple-A, but he decided it was time to move on with his life.
“I’m probably in the best shape of my life and I wouldn’t want to make a comeback,” he said. “I was a good Double-A pitcher. I could have gotten the call up to Triple-A and so forth. I was a 27th round pick and I stuck around four years.”
As for now, Reed may turn to scouting after giving coaching a try this summer when he was an assistant coach for the Tupelo Thunder of the summer collegiate Cotton States Baseball League.
He got to watch plenty of Mississippi’s most recent talent, including Nettleton grad and ICC standout Ladarrius Cole.
“He’s one of the best center fielders I’ve been around,” Reed said. “He reminds me of a Michael Bourn; a Michael Bourn that could hit. He makes everybody nervous when he gets in the box.
“I think I’m going to get in the scouting business. I’ve got good relationships with a lot of my coaches. I can really help a kid from a small town who needs advice. I’ve played at about just every level of pro ball. This summer was the best thing for me because it led me in the direction that I don’t ever want to coach again. … I’m more of a one-on-one type person.”

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