CHICAGO -- Addison Reed has employed an extremely basic formula in recording seven scoreless appearances to start the 2012 season -- make good pitches.
"The main thing is just to hit your spots," said the rookie when asked Wednesday what he learned in the first two weeks since breaking camp with the White Sox. "I feel like if you can hit your spots the majority of the time, you have a better chance of being successful.
"It's when you leave the pitches over the middle of the plate or throw it high is when they'll hit it. It's kind of having consistency with all of your pitches, not just your fastball, but the changeup, slider, cutter, whatever you throw. Just keeping it down and consistently hitting the corners and trying not to leave things up."
Sounds simple, right? But as the top White Sox prospect and a right-hander with overwhelming stuff, he could get away with a few mistakes at the Minor League level. Through last September's callup and this April, Reed has found out what happens to mistakes in the big leagues.
"They will hit it a long way," said a smiling Reed, who has limited right-handed hitters to two hits in 13 at-bats. "They'll let you know it's a mistake.
"Sometimes they will even hit the good pitches. Everyone up here can hit. There are no weak spots in any lineup. But for the most part, if you hit your spots and keep your ball down low, you have a better chance of being successful."