Reddout Is Bullpen 'Standdout'

In 19 innings of work this year, the Lugnut's left-hander has an ERA of 0.95. What a relief! Thankfully, that's exactly what Chris Reddout has been for the Lansing Lugnuts thus far in the 2007 season. In his ten appearances, he has a stellar 0.95 ERA through 18 innings pitched while striking out 13 batters.

His 6-foot-6 frame is used efficiently to squelch the opposing hitters. However, according to Reddout, it is not from overpowering the hitters that makes him so effective.

"I try to mix it up a lot. I don't throw all that hard (low-90s) so I have to mix up my pitches. I do that by using my changeup and curveball. So, other than trying to command the strike zone I just try to mix it up a lot with the hitters."

While emerging as the favorite left-handed relief pitcher, he has certainly become an integral part of the bullpen as a whole. His role within the bullpen is starting to surface as long-reliever.

"I would have to say my role on the team is long relief. If the starter struggles, I will come in and finish or as of late come in and throw two innings to get to Paul [Phillips] or Seth [Overbey]."

Although he relishes the moments of playing baseball, he definitely doesn't waste any time while on the hill and doesn't mind what the game state is when he is out there.

"I have to be quick on the mound. If I'm slow, I get behind hitters and am not throwing very many strikes. I am a very quick paced guy when I am out there. As for game state, you get the adrenaline going pretty good when you come in with a jam situation having the bases loaded or whatever. There are also good things coming in with nobody on base too. But, I don't mind either way."

Reddout, Seth Overbey, and Paul Phillips have combined to become a potent trio in the later stages of the game while converting on all nine save opportunities. Ironically, Chris' favorite MLB player is a member of another pitching trio. "I really like Tom Glavine," he said. "He doesn't throw hard, but he goes up there and just throws strikes while mixing his pitches up and just commands the strike zone a lot. When I was growing up that was probably my favorite player to watch."

Last year, for Auburn, Chris was in the starting rotation for the entire season. This is the first time in his professional career that his appearances are from the bullpen. His different role has had a lasting effect on what his pitching preference for any team he plays on in the future may be.

"I was a starter last year and in college. I have actually enjoy relieving. My first year in junior college (Pittsburgh State) I threw some relief for a lefty-lefty match up. Other than that, that's my only time relieving.

"It's fun. You come in and throw a couple innings or some extended relief. I've just really enjoyed it so far. I think my role within a team right now would be in relief. That's probably my favorite."

As far as consistency goes converting from the starting rotation to the bullpen, it doesn't seem to affect Reddout. His focus is on the batter no matter what the situation is, and it shows from what he does on the hill. Although he has seven walks, there are still only two earned runs to his name thus far. Aside from staying focused on the mound, there are many things he does to stay consistent.

"Every day you have to be mentally prepared to pitch. When you are a starter you know you are going out there once every five days. When you are a reliever you don't know when you are going to come into the ballgame. So when you walk onto the field you have to be ready."

Being mentally prepared doesn't just take place before stepping on the field. There are many hobbies that Chris like partake in to keep his mind clear for his extended outings on the mound.

"I used to be a scratch golfer maybe three years ago, but not anymore. Aside from golfing, I still like to fish and hunt."

The Lansing Lugnuts have had a model of consistency from Chris Reddout this season and are beginning to see that the later innings are reserved for his fast working left arm. In just his first ten appearances from the bullpen, the southpaw is showing everyone at Oldsmobile Park why he is such a relief to see come into the game.


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