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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!

May 25, 2010

Charlie Shirek increases his velocity, working on a cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 3:07 am
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This year, Shirek said, his fastball velocity has picked up just a bit — from 91 mph to 92 or 93. And he said he went to work on a cutter during spring training that has complemented his other pitches.

“Our pitching coach (J.R. Perdew) said I should work on it,” Shirek said. “I’d never thrown one before, but it’s become a good pitch in games where my fastball isn’t doing what I want and I need another pitch to get out of a jam.”

July 12, 2009

Matt Long and his cutter

Filed under: MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ July 12, 2009 11:29 am
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The Newark Advocate:

He now relies on a cutter — the same pitch Long thought led to an arm injury as a sophomore at Miami University — and a curveball, and he’s racked up 11 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. … Working with Birmingham pitching coach J.R. Perdew, Long quickly found a comfort level. After figuring out his front side was a little flat, he worked with Perdew to create deception by throwing his glove through the arm slot where the ball will come. To get comfortable with that — something Long said was difficult to do at first — Long was put in the outfield during batting practice, going through a series of drills to get rid of the ball as quickly as he could when he caught it. ….

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