Cinco de Mayo was Addison Reed‘s coming out party as the White Sox’s flame-throwing phenom notched the first of what are sure to be many big league saves. Really, Reed’s move to the ninth inning was just a matter of when; the team never saw Matt Thornton as a long-term option, and his abominable April made their transition to Reed very easy.
One look at Reed’s minor league numbers is sure to make any stat geek giddy — he averaged 12.88 K/9 and just 1.66 BB/9 in 108.1 innings — and it looks like last year’s “pedestrian” 8.84 K/9 is simply a benchmark for 2013. He’s still plagued by fly balls (42.7%), which means more homers than we’d like in the very hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, but Reed appears to be on the cusp of fantasy stardom. Or at least as much stardom as a reliever can have.
At a Glance
Strengths: SV, K, K/9, WHIP
Neutral: W, L, ERA, BB/9
Best case scenario: Jonathan Papelbon (PHI)
Likely scenario: Jason Motte (STL), Joe Nathan (...