Reed Enters Familiar Role With White Sox
CHICAGO—Addison Reed got his share of scrutiny as a freshman and sophomore closer for those scouts who stuck around during the few times Stephen Strasburg didn't pitch complete games at San Diego State.
So Reed developed plenty of poise by the time he became the Aztecs' Friday night starter and as recently as his first major league exhibition game on March 27, when the righthander pitched a scoreless eighth inning to help preserve the White Sox's 2-1 win over the Brewers.
"It was awesome," said Reed, a third-round pick in 2010. "That's something I've been dreaming of my entire life, and my goal was to make it to the big leagues. That was a little taste of what it's like, and it was fun."
Reed, 22, opened 2011 at low Class A Kannapolis but could advance quickly. He posted a 1.80 ERA in 13 appearances for Rookie-level Great Falls while striking out 44 in 30 innings last season.
Reed, who possesses a 94 mph fastball and a sharp slider, doesn't mind reverting to a closer's role.
"When I started, I acted like every inning was the ninth inning," said Reed, who led the nation with 20 saves in 2009. "That's all I've known how to do my freshman and sophomore year. I just acted like every inning was the last inning, and I was closing. That helped me get through."
It also helped that San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn and pitching coaches Rusty Filter (now at Stanford) and Eric Valenzuela helped him develop his pitching mindset.
"There always was a bunch of people there watching him," Reed said. "I figured if I could do something while they were out there watching him, my name would get on the radar. And I think I did."
• Righthander Kyle McCulloch, a 2006 first-round pick, was traded to the Reds for future considerations.
• Outfielder John Shelby, a fifth-round pick in 2006, was traded to the Rays for future considerations.