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Mark Reed: "I just wasn't ready"

Mark Reed

MESA, Ariz. - Mark Reed's stay at Class-A Peoria had lasted only 14 games when the 2004 third round draft pick was sent to extended spring training on May 1. Throughout the spring, Reed's goal was to play for the Chiefs in 2005. And when fellow catcher Oscar Bernard was suspended 15 games for violating MLB's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Reed earned the opportunity to start the season in the Midwest League.

"I learned a lot at Peoria, and it was really good for me," Reed said, "but I just wasn't ready." Reed, a graduate of St. Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., admits Class-A baseball was a big step up for him. "It was fun to play at stadiums in front of a lot of people," he said. "You have to work hard to get to the point where people pay to watch you play." At Peoria, Reed batted a skinny...

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