Over 2 seasons from 2015-2016, his slider was rated the best in the organization...in 2015 was a mid-season Carolina League All-Star, Texas League Pitcher of the Week once (7/21-7/27) and Southern League Pitcher of the League twice (8/4-8/10, 9/1-9/7).
In 2011 graduated from Horn Lake (MS) High School...played baseball at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS, where in 2013 he set a single-season school record with 96 strikeouts in 73.1 innings and finished his career as NWMCC's all-time leader in strikeouts (161), wins (16) and innings pitched (137.2)...follow on Twitter @Cody_Reed23.
In 3 stints with the Reds went 1-2, 4.60 in 7 starts (31.1ip) and 0-1, 2.31 in 10 relief apps (11.2ip)...between his first 2 starts for the Reds, his season debut on 4/9 at Phi and then again 8/30 vs Mil, made all 10 of his apps in relief...made his last 6 apps of the season in the starting rotation (1-2, 4.13)...in his last 3 starts went 1-1, 1.84 (14.2ip, 3er)...in spring training made 1 start and 5 relief apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 3/25, the day the Reds left Goodyear...was added to the roster after the Opening Day rainout forced the Reds to add a fifth starter...was scheduled to start the Reds' fifth game of the season, on 4/3 vs Cubs, but it, too, was rained out...instead, he threw a simulated game the next day in Louisville, then made his regular season debut in a start on 4/9 at Phi...made 1 start and 3 relief apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 4/20, when OF Scott Schebler came off the disabled list...was recalled on 7/4, the day after the Reds' 12-inning, 12-8 loss vs WSox...spent 7/4 on Cin's roster without pitching and was returned to Louisville the next day, when IF/OF Dilson Herrera was promoted...was recalled again on 8/13 and spent the rest of the season with the Reds...with 2 outs in the second inning of the 4-3 loss on 8/15 vs Cle entered the game in relief of starter Robert Stephenson and threw 3.2 innings, the longest relief appearance of his career...following 5 more relief apps joined the starting rotation on 8/30...started the 1-0 loss on 9/15/18 at Wrigley Field and in 5.0 shutout innings recorded a career-high 10 strikouts (2h, 2bb, 1hbp)...over starts on 9/15 at Cubs and 9/20 at Mia, threw a career-high 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings, a streak snapped by the Royals in the first inning on 9/26 at Great American Ball Park.
Spent most of the season at Louisville, where he led the International League in hit batters and wild pitches while ranking third in walks...made 1 start and 11 relief apps during 2 stints for the Reds...as 1 of 7 rookies on the Opening Day roster began the season in the Reds' bullpen and made his first 4 apps in relief (8ip, 4bb, 8k) before his only start, a 12-8 loss on 4/22 vs Cubs...retired all 18 batters (7k) in his last 3 relief apps prior to his 4/22 start...following that 4/22 start made a pair of relief apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 5/4 to make room on the roster for RHP Austin Brice...spent the rest of the season with the Bats...returned to the Reds in September, after Louisville's season ended...on 4/6 vs Phi, in his season debut threw scoreless fifth and sixth innings and earned the 7-4 win when the Reds snapped the 4-4 tie with a run in the sixth...was his first career victory after an 0-7 start, with all 7 losses coming in 2016...in the 7-1 win on 4/10 at Pit threw 3.0 perfect innings...combined with Michael Lorenzen (3ip) and Wandy Peralta (1ip) to throw 7.0 perfect innings...Reds relievers threw 7.0 hitless innings in a game for the first time in franchise history...in the 2-1 win on 9/16 vs Pit retired his only batter (Gregory Polanco 4-3) to strand an inherited baserunner and earn his only Major League save...retired the first batter in 9 of his 11 relief apps...stranded both inherited baserunners...converted his only save opportunity...the Reds went 5-7 in games in which he pitched...at Louisville from 6/3-6/25, became the first Bats pitcher to allow fewer than 2 earned runs in 5 consecutive starts since Greg Reynolds in 2013...entered the season rated the second-best prospect in the organization behind 3B Nick Senzel.
Following the season was rated by MLB.com the third-best prospect in the organization and by Baseball America the 18th-best prospect in the International League...as 1 of 10 Reds pitchers to make his Major League debut, from 6/18-8/14 made all 10 of his starts for Cin...was 1 of 12 Reds players overall to make his Major League debut and 1 of a single-season club record 32 pitchers used in 2016...made his last appearance of the season in a start for Louisville on 8/29, when he left the game in the third inning with low back spasms...on 9/2 was promoted for his second stint with the Reds but didn't pitch before he went on the 15-day disabled list on 9/16 with the back injury...posted ERAs of 14.40 in the first inning (10ip, 16er) and 5.50 after the first frame (37.2ip, 23er)...allowed a first-inning run in 6 of his 10 starts...in the 11-inning, 5-4 loss on 6/18 at Hou became the first Reds pitcher with at least 9 strikeouts in his Major League debut since Johnny Cueto had 10 strikeouts without a walk on 4/3/08 vs Ari and the first to throw at least 7.0 innings in a debut since Travis Wood did it on 7/1/10 at Cubs...in that first career appearance, walked his first batter (George Springer) and the second batter homered (Marwin Gonzalez)...his first career strikeout victim was Carlos Correa...in the 5-4 walkoff loss on 8/8 at StL was in line for his first Major League victory after throwing 6.0 shutout innings, but with 2 outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning the Cardinals scored 5 runs off Tony Cingrani and Ross Ohlendorf...became the second pitcher in Reds history to finish with as many as 7 losses without a win (Brian Reith, 0-7 in 2001)...from 4/18-4/24 was on Louisville's disabled list with a cut on his left index finger...attended 2016 Major League spring training camp as a non-roster invitee and in 4 exhibition starts and 1 relief appearance in Goodyear went 1-2, 2.87 (15.2ip, 12h, 6bb, 16k, 1hr)...was reassigned to minor league camp on 3/22.