It’s a move that many fans have been clamoring for some time now. The Dbacks have officially sent Addison Reed down to the minors. In a corresponding move, Arizona has reinstated Enrique Burgos from the 15-day DL. This is a move that has been a long time coming and now that it’s here, fans will rejoice. However, Reed now joins Evan Marshall as the Dbacks bullpen arms that have performed too below par to keep in the majors.
Reed recently found himself in the weekly Studs N’ Duds edition and for good reason. In 2015, Reed is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA and 3 saves. Reed’s disappointing play quickly saw him lose his position as the club’s closer to Brad Ziegler . The final straw was his outing against San Diego over the weekend in which he surrendered four runs in 2/3 of an inning.
May 24, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Addison Reed (43) throws during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Reed’s career season came in 2013 with the Chicago White Sox. That season he went 5-4 with a 3.76 ERA and 40 saves. He struck out 72 hitters in 71.1 innings. That offseason he was acquired by the Diamondbacks. In 2014 (his first season with Arizona), he went 1-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 32 saves. This season marks his career worst in ERA and is serving up base runners on a platter for the opposition.
All is not lost for the deceptively young 26-year old. Reed now faces the challenge of finding his 2013 form while pitching for the Reno Aces, the AAA affiliate for Arizona. One player who has yet to pitch for Reno in his professional career is Enrique Burgos, the pitcher who’ll be replacing Reed in the Arizona bullpen.
May 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Enrique Burgos against the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Burgos began the season in AA-level Mobile as the BayBears closer. However, inconsistencies with the big league bullpen coupled with Burgos’ hot start in Alabama, warranted a call up. The 24-year old skipped AAA and immediately showed major league competence. After having back-to-back saves against Miami, we even thought of him as a potential closer for the Dbacks in the future.
Burgos is just fresh coming off the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis. In 2015 with Arizona, Burgos is 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA and a couple saves. At first glance they look like average if not below average numbers for a major league arm. However, his growing potential is attributed to his incredible strikeout rate. In 13.2 MLB innings, Enri-K has struck out 25 hitters. In his rehab assignment with Mobile, Burgos struck out six hitters in 2.2 scoreless innings.
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