Badenhop gives Sox diversity out of pen

Badenhop gives Sox diversity out of pen
February 25, 2014, 9:30 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla -- The Sox have plenty of power-arms in the bullpen with swing-and-miss stuff, but there's something to be said for having a contrast in styles in a relief corps.

Enter newcomer Burke Badenhop, obtained from Milwaukee, who is more of a righthanded sinkerball. Badenhop doesn't overpower hitters -- he averaged just 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings last year -- but he still offers something out of the bullpen.

"We didn't have that type of guy last year,'' said Farrell. "He's been very dependable, a very consistent strike-thrower. He's a guy who you know what you're going to get when he comes to the mound. There's a lot of value in that - to be able to match him up in certain situations, the ability to get groundballs, record two outs with one pitch."

Badenhop is especially tough on righthanded hitters, having limited them to a .641 OPS in his career.