February 17, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Reid (69) poses for photo day at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As Pittsburgh Pirates Roster Cuts Loom: Who Is Ryan Reid?

Ryan Reid pitched last spring with the Tampa Bay Rays. The James Madison alum pitched 12 innings, gave up 13 hits and struck out 11 while chalking up saves in both of his opportunities.

While pitching for Durham at the Triple-A level in 2012, Reid recorded 79.1 innings and gave up 75 hits while striking out 79 and walking 28. The numbers looked even better when you see that Reid limited the opposition to 31 earned runs. The strikeout numbers peaked for Reid in 2008 when in 77.1 innings he recorded 98K’s. But in 2009 and 2010 when he repeated Double-A, his whiffs fell off.  The frequency of the strikeouts returned in 2011 and returned to a strikeout per inning last season.

Reid talks about spending some of the winter in Venezuela working on his two seamer. Reid was named to the Venezuelan Winter League All-Star team after his impressive numbers with Zulia. The 5’11” righty posted a 2.05 ERA, a 26-7 strikeout to walk rate in 22 innings pitched and eight saves.

The 27 (28 on April 24) year old talks about playing in Indianapolis against the Bucs Triple-A team in the video below.

You can also see some video from his impressive work thus far in Spring Training.

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