There were times last season when Addison Reed felt like he was a one-pitch pitcher.
The White Sox closer can recall instances when he’d temporarily lose the feel for his slider and changeup. So when hitters began to realize Reed couldn’t locate any offspeed pitches for strikes, they looked for his fastball.
Reed -- who set a club rookie record with 29 saves in 33 tries -- doesn’t want to relive those experiences. He wants hitters to respect his offspeed stuff, in particular the slider, and has made the development of it his primary goal this spring.
“(The fastball) is the pitch I could throw for a strike if I needed to, but batters knew that was the pitch I could throw for a strike as well,” Reed said. “At times I could see they were sitting on it. They knew I wasn’t going to throw a 2-0 slider. That’s what I’m working toward. I want to be able to throw it in all counts.”
Reed yielded a run in Sunday’s game but his slider wasn’t involved. The slider actually helped him avoid further damage.
Reed threw the slider seven times, five for strikes. One drew a swing for strike three against Cincinnati’s Ryan Ludwick. But more important, Reed also located several others for called strikes.
Reed wants to diversify his repertoire
CSN Chicago | Mar 11