WICHITA, Kans. (March 2, 2017) – The Wichita Wingnuts lost a pair of members from last year’s bullpen Thursday, releasing Frankie Reed and Luis Pardo who are both retiring from professional baseball.
A Mid-Season All-Star last year, Reed first joined the Wingnuts in June of 2015 after he was released from the Miami Marlins organization. Reed made 21 appearances during his first year in Wichita, striking out 20 in 18.0 innings and posting a 3.00 ERA before having his season cut short due to injury.
Back and healthy last year, the southpaw turned into one of the most dominant relievers in the American Association, posting a 1.87 ERA in a league-leading 48 appearances. Reed’s 21 saves were third-most in the league and marked the third-highest single-season total in club history. The former Marlins farmhand’s campaign also included a 16-outing scoreless streak that covered 19.0 innings. Reed retired the only batter he faced during the All-Star Game in St. Paul, getting Winnipeg’s David Rohm to fly out.
Drafted in the 27th round of the 2011 draft out of Cal Poly by the Marlins, Reed spent parts of five seasons in the Miami system, reaching Double-A Jacksonville in 2014 and 2015. Reed ends his six-year professional career with a 23-8 record, 38 saves and a 2.64 ERA in 137 appearances, covering 276.0 innings.
Like Reed, Pardo also joined the Wingnuts for the first time in 2015. The right-hander made a pair of scoreless appearances in August of 2015, then rejoined Wichita in August of 2016. Pardo featured in nine games over the remainder of the regular season, posting a 2.53 ERA. The Miami, Fla., native did not allow a run in is final 10 appearances of the season, including six shutout innings over the course of five playoff outings.
Pardo was originally drafted in the 50th round of the 2003 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers straight out of high school, but decided to attend college rather than sign. In 2007, the righty was selected in the ninth round by the Houston Astros out of Florida Gulf Coast University and began his professional career. Pardo pitched in the Houston system for two years before spending the remainder of his career in various independent leagues. In his seven professional seasons, Pardo made 101 appearances, 55 of which were starts, posted a 9-35 record and owned a 5.70 ERA across 334.2 innings.
The 10th season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins on Thursday, May 18 against the Laredo Lemurs at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.