Welcome to Behind the Box
Score - a new section designed to take a deeper look at White Sox
prospects by exploring statistics that don't fall into the normal box
score categories. I will do my best to explain the stat and how it
applies to each prospect.
Take a look at Addison
Reed who sports a 1.41 ERA with 53 strikeouts and only 8 walks through
20 games with Kannapolis, Winston-Salem and Birmingham . This flaunts
an impressive K/9 rate of 12.4. In addition, Reed was also clocked on
the radar gun at 99 MPH in his Birmingham debut on 6/12.
Where does this leave Reed
with room for improvement and growth? The answer is within his R.R.A
(Relief Run Average) - a statistic designed to measure a pitcher's
ability to prevent inherited runners from scoring. Throughout his
professional career (33G, including 2 starts with Great Falls in
2010), Reed has never inherited a runner. Upon most occasions, the
White Sox use Reed in what appear to be "scheduled outings" in
which he goes 2 innings regardless of the situation at the beginning
of an inning. Addison has only finished 5 games on the season (1 in
Kannapolis and 4 in Winston-Salem) and has 2 saves in his career.
(2010: 1 in Great Falls, 2011: 1 in Winston-Salem)
In 2009 at San Diego
State, Reed proved himself as the closer, converting on all 20 of his
save opportunities. I look forward to seeing Reed in more pressure
situations with the White Sox in the future, as he continues to
develop as a high profile reliever.