CHICAGO -- It would be hard to top the video-game-like numbers posted by Addison Reed during his combined 2011 stops with Class A Kannapolis, Class A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. The right-hander finished with a 1.26 ERA, striking out 111 over 78 1/3, while giving up a combined 57 base runners.
But in just two games with the White Sox, Reed has continued to impress by fanning six in 2 2/3 innings and not issuing a free pass.
"His fastball is a big league fastball. His changeup is outstanding," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "I don't know about his breaking ball. We were talking about that last night, his breaking ball is ... it will get better. He's a very, very smart kid. This kid has a chance to be in the big leagues pretty soon."
Reaching the Majors out of next Spring Training is a possibility for Reed. Chris Sale figures to move to the starting rotation, leaving another valuable open slot to fill alongside Sergio Santos, Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Will Ohman. Reed has no idea what his future holds, aside from passing on winter ball during this upcoming offseason due to his high innings total, so he's trying to stick with the aggressive approach that has given him success.
"I've been doing the same thing I've been doing all year," Reed said. "I'm not trying to put any extra pressure on myself. Everybody up here can hit the ball, so just keep the ball down. You have to be aware of that and spot up on your pitches."