Jerry Reed (baseball)

Jerry Reed (Baseball)

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Jerry Maxwell Reed (born October 8, 1955 in Bryson City, North Carolina), is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched for all or part of nine seasons between -.

Pre-MLB career

Reed was originally drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Twins. He was chosen in the 11th round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, instead opting to attend Western Carolina University. After four years at WCU, Reed was again drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 22nd round of the 1977 draft. He played the next four seasons in their farm system before earning a September call-up in 1981.

Phillies

Reed pitched just 4 1/3 innings in 4 games in the majors in '81. He pitched another 7 games for the Phillies in , then was traded to the Cleveland Indians with two other prospects (Wil Culmer and Roy Smith) in exchange for John Denny to boost the Phillies' September stretch run, which fell three games short of the division-winning St. Louis Cardinals.

Indians

Reed pitched a handful of games during the rest of September for the Indians, then returned to the minors for the entire season. In , he spent most of the year in the major leagues for the first time, pitching in 33 games (including 5 starts). Despite pitching well, with an ERA of 4.11 in 72 1/3 innings, he was released during spring training in .

Mariners

Reed caught on with the Seattle Mariners, starting the season back in the minors, but he would eventually get called back to the majors, going 4-0...
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