Concordia grad Reith uses MLB experience to teach young pitchers


He may be in the visiting team’s dugout at Parkview Field this week, but Bowling Green Hot Rods pitching coach Brian Reith is right at home in the Summit City.

A Fort Wayne native, Reith was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 1996 draft out of Concordia Lutheran High School.

Reith was part of a multi-player trade in 2000 that send him to the Reds organization as part of a package for all-star hurler Denny Neagle.

The six-foot-five, 220-pound Reith would make his MLB debut at the age of 23 as a starter for the Reds, pitching in nine games that season – eight of them starts.

Converted to a reliever, Reith reached the majors and threw out of the bullpen in 2003 and 2004 for the Reds.

He finished his time in the big leagues with a 4-12 record and 5.92 ERA in 127.2 innings pitched.

After pitching in the minors, independent ball, and in Mexico, Reith retired after the 2009 season.

After a few years out of baseball he returned to the game as a coach in the Rays system in 2015 and has worked his way up.

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