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Fisher Cats' starter Reid-Foley not fazed by opener

New Hampshire Union Leader

April 05. 2017 9:14PM

Opening Day starter Sean Reid-Foley during media day for the NH Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Tuesday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Opening night
What: Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Fisher Cats

When: Tonight, 6:35

Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

MANCHESTER — Sean Reid-Foley will make his Eastern League debut as the Opening Day starter for the Fisher Cats today at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

For some pitchers, an Opening Day start combined with a Double-A debut would create extra excitement. Not so for Reid-Foley.

“In the back of my mind I’m going to treat this like another game,” said the righthander, set to face Binghamton in a 6:35 p.m. first-pitch start.

Selected in the second round (49th overall) in 2014 out of Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, Fla., the Guam native, who had committed to Florida State, signed with Toronto in June that year for $1.128 million.

In his short professional career, Reid-Foley has a reputation of being a strikeout pitcher. In 55 career minor league games (52 starts), he has 280 strikeouts in 234 innings. In 10 starts with Dunedin last season, he produced 71 whiffs in 57 1/3 innings, allowing just two homers and 16 walks.

“The strikeouts just come,” said the 21-year-old Reid-Foley, listed as 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. “My biggest thing is to try to get batters out in three pitches or less. What I learned last year is if you make them swing the bat, strikeouts come a lot easier. But obviously there will be days when it doesn’t work out like that. I just try to pitch to contact and let the strikeouts come.”

Fisher Cats manager Gary Allenson said he saw Reid-Foley pitch three times in spring training.

“He’s got four Major League pitches and knows how to use them. He doesn’t rely on his fastball all the time, which is good. To throw your secondary pitches in fastball counts and to throw them for strikes keeps hitters off-balance. That’s what pitching is all about and he does that well.”

Allenson said there was one outing in spring training when Reid-Foley struggled with his command.

“But he still competed and that showed me one more thing about him,” said Allenson. “He looks to me like a guy on the fast track.”

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