In 2015, the Oklahoma State Cowboys had a fantastic season, going 38-20 overall and hosting a regional at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Ultimately, they fell a little bit short of their ultimate goals, as they were upset in the home regional after just one win, but that doesnâ€™t take away fromÂ all that they accomplished. Their successes went a long way toward announcing that he Cowboys are a program on the rise once again.
One big reason for their success was Remey Reed, the teamâ€™s most effective, versatile reliever. In 23 appearances (including five starts), Reed threw 46 innings. Over that span, he had a 1.57 ERA, struck out 30 hitters, walked just 13, and had a .247 batting average against him.
Heading into 2016, the Cowboys are the odds-on favorites in the Big 12, and Reed is a big reason for that type of optimism. With Koda Glover now pitching in the Washington Nationals organization, Reed looks like his natural heir apparent in the closerâ€™s role. If Reed were to come anywhere close to repeating his performance from a season ago while in the closerâ€™s role in 2016, OSU would likely be very pleased.
Reed would also make an interesting piece in the Oklahoma State weekend rotation. He did start those five games last year, so heâ€™s not a complete stranger to starting games, and 46 innings of work is a pretty good chunk for a guy who was still primarily a reliever. Itâ€™s not as if the team already has a ready-made weekend rotation anyway. All three spots will be turned over this season, so why not put Reed in the mix?
Either way, whether he is on the bump to begin games or if he runs in from the bullpen to close them out, Reed is going to be a real weapon for head coach Josh Holliday and his staff in what could be a special season for the team.