Darren A. Douglass Reed was born on October 16, 1965 in Ojai, California. He attended high school in Ventura California getting drafted by the AL New York team in the third round of the 1984 draft.
In 1987 between AA & AAA he hit 28 HRs with 95 RBIs, making him look like a desirable prospect. That winter he was traded along with Phil Lombardi & Steve Frey to the New York Mets for Rafael Santana. He never matched those power numbers again, hitting just9 HRs in 345 at bats at AAA Tidewater the next year.
In 1990 he hit 17 HRs with 21 doubles & 74 RBIs getting him two call ups to the Mets. After hitting just .126 in six games in May he was sent back down returning in mid August. His average fell below .100 by September 30th when he hit his first career HR in a game at Shea against the Chicago Cubs. He finished the year hitting .205 with four doubles one HR & two RBIs in 26 games played.
At the start of the 1991 season he was traded to the Montreal Expos for two minor leaguers. He would get traded to the Minnesota Twins during the season batting a combined .185 in 56 games. In his two year career Reed batted .183 with 23 hits 6 HRs 16 RBIs & 8 doubles