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October 25, 2011

Addison Reed wins MiLB best overall reliever award

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 25, 2011 7:00 pm
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Comments from AA-Birmingham pitching coach J.R. Perdew about Addison Reed:

“I think obviously a great arm is the first thing that comes to mind. He’s got some deception. That great arm, that stuff, good deception — hitters didn’t take very good swings against him. And also he had very good poise, mound presence. He was very impressive, very under control.”

“It’s a combination of fastball velocity and the deception in his delivery. The ball kind of jumps out of his hand — he’s got a dip-and-drive delivery. It takes off on hitters up in zone a lot. And third, he’s got really good fastball command. And a pretty good slider with good break. That’s four good reasons why he gets a lot of swings and misses.”

“I knew he was going to get out of there,” he said. “I thought when he started showing the ability to stay on top of the slider and was developing the change-up, it was time for him to go. [The White Sox] even asked me if he was ready for the big leagues and I said yes.”

“[His ceiling is] as high as he wants it to be, honestly. He’s got a really good work ethic, a good head on his shoulders, poise, physical talent and mental ability also. I think he can go as high as he wants. He’s got a chance to be a really good Major League closer and to be able to do it for a long time.”

Some would like to see Reed be tried as a starter. Here’s the breakdown of his pitches for the 6 times he played with the Sox:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FF 94 68.6% 68.1% 53.2% 14.9% 23.4% 14.9%
SL 31 22.6% 77.4% 58.1% 19.4% 22.6% 16.1%
CH 11 8.0% 54.5% 54.5% 27.3% 18.2% 9.1%
FC 1 0.7% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%

If Coop helps Reed develop/trust his change-up more then let him try!

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