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St. Louis Cardinals select Maryland pitcher Jimmy Reed in sixth round

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Published on: Friday, June 14, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

University of Maryland pitcher Jimmy Reed was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, June 7, in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Reed, a Gaithersburg native, was the draft’s 185th overall selection. He became the ninth Maryland player drafted over the last three years and the highest-selected Terrapin since Brett Cecil was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2007 draft. Cecil was the 38th overall pick that year.

“I’m pretty ecstatic right now,” Reed said. “When my name was called, I screamed. It is really awesome to be picked in the sixth round by the Cardinals. The Cardinals are an amazing organization with a proven track record of developing pitchers. It’s honestly the best situation for me.”

During his senior campaign, Reed served as the Terps’ Friday night starter. He posted a 6-4 record with a career-high 74 strikeouts and he finished the 2013 campaign with a 2.33 ERA.

Meanwhile, Riverdale Baptist outfielder Matthew McPhearson was selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

McPhearson, a centerfielder who was the draft’s 120th overall selection, compiled some impressive statistics this season at the Upper Marlboro private school.

He batted .477 with 31 runs, 23 RBI, 20 walks and a .598 on-base percentage and stole 27 bases in 30 attempts. The Howard County resident also had seven extra-base hits (no home runs) and stole 66 bases.

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