Reed’s fastball was down a tick in 2018 to 90.8 mph (92.3 in 2017). This could be attributed at least in part to a triceps injury he had during the year. Whatever the case, the fastball was hit much harder this past year, as it allowed a .363 wOBA and .302 batting average while also coughing up eight home runs.
Reed’s slider still showed good swing-and-miss ability last year with a 15.4% swinging-strike rate and 37.9% whiff rate. However, his command of it was lacking a little with a 26.2% zone rate (31.7% in 2017). Reed was far less effective in 2018, and this could at least be in part attributed to injury as he dealt with a bout of triceps tightness.