File this in the department of “things we wish we didn’t have to report,” but Evan Reed, the right handed reliever currently pitching for the Detroit Tigers’ top minor league affiliate has been formally charged with two counts of sexual assault.
The alleged incident occurred at the Motor City Casino on the eve of Opening Day in Detroit on March 30. Detroit Police began to investigate the charges, brought by a 45-year-old woman, immediately after being reported in early April. DPD turned their findings over to Wayne County prosecutors last month and Kim Worthy announced the charges Wednesday morning.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
For further details of the case, see MLive’s report.
Reed was a bit of a long-shot to make the Tigers’ bullpen in spring, but had a strong Grapefruit League showing, earning a spot on the team. He was solid early in the year, but seemed to go south about the time the investigation was made public. Detroit designated him for assignment on June 17 which required the pitcher to clear waivers before reporting to the Toledo Mud Hens. When no one picked him up, he agreed to go back to AAA.
In 27 games (27 2/3 innings) Reed sported a 4.88 ERA and 1.663 WHIP. It has not gotten better with the Mud Hens, where he has a 6.97 ERA in eight appearances. Reed, 27, made his major league debut with the Tigers on May 16, 2013.
The Tigers do not seem ready to take action against Reed at this time, whether through suspension or release.
#Tigers issue statement saying legal proceedings for Evan Reed must run course before there is any further comment from the ballclub.
— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) July 30, 2014