June 07, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Kansas City Royals selected Cody Reed with the No. 46 overall pick on Thursday night.
The Northwest Community College product signed with Ole Miss, but he's expected to sign with the Royals and bypass any further college baseball. The 46th pick carries a $1.19 slot value, though the Royals could exceed that amount with Reed because of some other draft picks signing for less than slot value.
"At first I thought it might be Texas or Tampa, they had picks 21, 23, 29, 30," Reed said. "My advisor said I had a really, really good shot at going there but it didn't happen. It's not like I was discouraged at all or anything. Then they called my name at 46 and it was awesome."
Reed is one of the top success stories in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, as the left-hander has increased his velocity from high 80s to mid 90s since graduating from Horn Lake High School. He's also added weight to his 6-foot-5 frame.
He struck out 96 batters in 73.1 innings this past season and opponents hit .201 off him.
Reed worked out for the Royals this past Sunday. The deadline for players to sign is July 12.
Here's video of Reed reacting to the announcement:
The draft continues Friday with rounds 3-10 and Saturday with rounds 11-40. In a surprise Ole Miss right-hander Bobby Wahl wasn't drafted on Thursday.