May 10, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Each week during the 2012-13 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is Jimmy Reed from baseball.
Reed struck out a career-best 11 Clemson hitters in the Terps 7-2 win over then-No. 18 Clemson on Saturday. Reed parlayed his performance on the mound to his second straight ACC Pitcher of the Week honor becoming the first Maryland pitcher to win the award in the back-to-back weeks since the conference began awarding the honor in 1992.
By Taylor Smyth | Maryland Media Relations Student Assistant
When Maryland left-hander Jimmy Reed steps onto the mound to face an opposing lineup, he's much more concerned about the state of his head than the state of his arm.
"I'm a really big supporter of the mental game in pitching" Reed said. "You can always get better with the mental game. You have to have an attack mentality. I have to refine that going forward."
This commitment to mental fortitude has allowed Reed to harness his physical gifts and develop into one of the best pitchers in the ACC. Reed has taken home ACC Pitcher of the Week honors two weeks in a row, thanks to sterling performances against Clemson and Duke.
"It means a lot," Reed said. "It might not seem like a big deal because it's just one week out of the season, but no one from Maryland won it in my four years here. It was always something we looked at and thought we'd lost. It feels good to get it."
To win the award in the talent-laden ACC, Reed had to have on two straight dynamic outings. The senior struck out a career-high 11 Tigers in a 7-2 triumph in Clemson and tossed his first career complete game shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Blue Devils.
Even with the success, Reed continues to try and define his pitching style, but has always seen attacking the hitter from the start as the key to his game.
"I try to get strike one," Reed said. "That's the most important thing; getting in front of hitters. When pitchers get in front of hitters, you see success, and that's what I try to do every time out."
The Gaithersburg, Md., native parlayed the success of his junior season into getting picked by the New York Yankees in last year's Major League Baseball Draft. While he considered taking his talents to the Bronx Bombers, Reed decided to stay in College Park for his senior season to improve his own play and lead his talented young teammates.
"I felt like I could get my degree and increase my stock," Reed said. "I just wanted to come out and be a leader for our team. I feel like I've lived up to my expectations a little bit. I'm just trying to lead this team forward."
To go forward, it all comes back to mentality for Jimmy Reed. The determined left-hander has seen improvements in his "mental game" take him to new heights, and he looks to propel the Terrapins forward by instilling this strength into his teammates."I try to set an example. I've been in situations they haven't. I'm the only senior on the pitching staff and if they need someone to look up to, I can be that guy."