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Closing is the goal for Reed

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Closing is the goal for Reed

Okay, Addison Reed's first goal is to make the White Sox 25-man roster out of spring training. That shouldn't be a problem, unless he gets hurt or experiences some mysterious drop in velocity. Even if his handful of innings -- all relievers get in spring training -- aren't good, there isn't a ton of competition that has the body of work to vault over Reed for a spot on the major league roster.
So once he's on the team, Reed wants to close. That's not breaking news, although there's some good stuff in Scott Merkin's article detailing how Reed grew up idolizing Troy Percival and K-Rod as an Angels fan.
Throwing Reed right into the closing fire may be a little risky, but the guy did close out games for Stephen Strasburg at San Diego State and seems to have the right mental attitude for pressure situations in the ninth. If the Sox don't go with Reed to start the season, instead opting to give him some time working in the seventh and eighth innings before allowing him to assume the closer role, though, Matt Thornton or Jesse Crain should fill the ninth inning just fine.
For the record, Reed very well may encounter more high-leverage situations in the seventh or eighth innings. There may not be a discernable difference in performance between ReedCrainThornton next year, so it's nothing to be up in arms about, but it's a reminder that saving your best reliever for the ninth inning often times isn't the best strategy. Why lose with Mike MacDougal on the mound instead of Bobby Jenks?

White Sox Talk Podcast: Don Cooper with the inside scoop on Kopech, Rodon and a dozen other pitchers

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Don Cooper with the inside scoop on Kopech, Rodon and a dozen other pitchers

With some of baseball's top pitching talent in the White Sox system, who better to talk about them than longtime White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper? Coop gives us the goods on Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, Joakim Soria and many others. He reveals the adjustment Lucas Giolito made last season that changed everything for the young right-hander, the one White Sox pitcher he thinks will make a big jump in 2018, and explains why he thinks the White Sox could surprise people in 2018.

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Thyago Vieira

Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.

A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.

In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Vieira in the video above.