Before the season began, I openly stated that Chicago White Sox’ right-hander Addison Reed had the skill set and mentality to become one of the game’s elite closers. After setting a White Sox rookie record with 29 saves in 2012, I certainly wasn’t the only one who had high hopes for Reed this year.
Picking up his 33rd save —which ties him for sixth most in MLB— last night in Kansas City, not only has Reed met the step expectations given to him in 2013, he’s shattered them completely. The 24-year-old reliever has now recorded a save in five straight games and hasn’t allowed a run since August 6.
The key to Reed’s success this season has been his improved secondary pitches. To go along with his mid-90s fastball, Reed has used his changeup and slider much more efficiently this year. His ability to feature multiple out pitches has allowed him to take the next step toward becoming one of the game’s top closers.
When looking at Reed’s future on the South Side, there’s little doubt in my mind he’ll soon become an All-Star and one of the most feared ninth inning men in the American League. With the White Sox headed toward some type of rebuild, he may have to wait a few years before he has the opportunity to lead the league in saves, but it appears as if Chicago has found their closer for years to come.