One of the many moves that the Arizona Diamondbacks made this offseason was adding a key reliever to their bullpen. Former Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed acquired by the Diamondbacks this offseason and he will instantly make their bullpen better.
Reed will likely be the closer in Arizona and will be set up by veteran J.J. Putz. Those two and Brad Ziegler combine to make one of the more formidable back end bullpens in baseball. With the addition of Reed, the Diamondbacks should be able to close out most late leads that their starters give them.
Beyond this season, Reed projects as the closer in Arizona for years to come. Reed is just 25-years old and recorded a combined 69 saves over the past two seasons, including 40 last year. He is just now entering his prime and the Diamondbacks got him for a steal.
In 2013, Reed was particularly dominant, recording a 3.79 ERA and a 1.107 WHIP. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was 3:1, which is just one of the many reasons that he was able to be effective. In Arizona this season, he actually may have more save opportunities than he did for a disappointing White Sox team a season ago.
Reed relies heavily on his fastball that averages 93 mph. With quite a bit of movement, he throws that fastball 56 percent of the time. His clear secondary pitch is his slider, which he throws 33 percent of the time. It’s also his put-away pitch when he needs a strikeout. Reed will also throw a changeup from time to time; he threw it about seven percent of the time in 2013.
One concerning point for Reed is that opposing batters put 78 percent of balls in play against him a season ago. Some of that may have to do with effective pitches being thrown at the right time and some of it may be due to luck. As he moves on in his career, it will become apparent whether or not he’s been more lucky than good. No matter the answer, he should be a key addition to a Diamondback team that is primed to make the playoffs in 2014.