By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Rattlers’ outfielder Michael Reed has emerged into a formidable offensive threat after playing two sample-sized seasons within the Brewers organization.
The 20-year-old from Leander, Tex. hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Single A Wisconsin the victory July 13 and has two in his short career.
Known for his speed, he is tied for third in the Midwest League with nine triples and also has collected 21 stolen bases on 28 tries.
Reed’s plate discipline and ability to get on base puts him sixth in the Midwest League with 47 walks.
Subsequently, he has tabulated a .392 On Base Percentage with a batting average of .295 for Wisconsin.
Reed expected to be drafted in the first three rounds and hoped he would be a first-rounder in the 2011 draft out of Leander High School, where he also served as a pitcher, but fell in to Milwaukee’s lap in the fifth round.
Milwaukee gave Reed a significantly higher signing bonus of $500,000, above the slotted value in the draft after learning he was offered a full athletic scholarship to play both positions for Ole Miss.
The selling point for Reed was the ability to receive a paid education while playing professional baseball, which the Brewers obliged.
Reed was unable to play a full season due to two months of negotiations and signed in August 2011. Prior to his 80 games with Wisconsin, Reed played just 76 games from 2011 through 2012 between Rookie Pioneer League Helena, Brevard County and Huntsville.
Huntsville’s David Goforth compiled two consecutive scoreless outings for the Double A Southern League club – in four starts since being promoted from High A Brevard County.
The right-hander recorded his first career shutout pitching seven innings (shortened due to doubleheader) allowing two hits and a walk at Tennessee July 8.
Goforth followed up with another seven inning gem five days later in a narrow 3-0 victory against Birmingham striking out five with two walks and two hits.
His last two starts were a significant difference to his first two with the Stars where he suffered two rocky starts allowing eight earned runs in 8.2 innings.
Prior to his promotion, the 24-year-old accumulated 78.1 innings in 14 starts for the Manatees with a 7-5 record and 3.10 Earned Run Average.
Goforth has demonstrated the ability to maintain control by allowing 28 walks compared to 58 strikeouts with the High A Florida State League team.
Second baseman Chris McFarland is riding a seven game hitting streak with Single A Wisconsin after struggling early in the season. McFarland is 10-for-27 with five RBI and two triples in the streak.