Josh Reddick got the promotion to big club and has not looked back.
On the season, Reddick is batting .347 with four home runs, 18 RBI and 18 runs scores in 27 games played/75 at-bats. Reddick’s torrid start is forcing the Red Sox to choose between playing him, acquiring a outfielder via trade or sticking with Jonathan David Drew for the final two months of his contract.
Reddick’s overall numbers are slightly deceiving as they are still feeling the effects of his hot start to the season. Over the last 10 games, Reddick is batting just .233, but has chipped in three home runs and 8 of his 18 RBI. Whilst we’d expect his average to come back to earth, the surge in power is a promising sign as pitchers become more familier with him.
So will he garner enough love from the Sox brass to remain in the line-up?
Fantasy CPR says: Absolutely, the days of JD Drew are over in Boston and were further reinforced when he was pinch-hit for by Darnell McDonald. Reddick will get an extended look up until the trade deadline in order for the Sox to assess his viability for the remainder of the season. Some factors in Reddick’s favor include, above average defense, .533 batting average against left-handed pitching and a .402 OBP. As a pro, Reddick is projected to hit in the .280 range with 18-22 home runs and 80 RBI. Whilst he may not jump off the page at you, the early returns suggest that he can be a viable 3rd/4th outfield option in deeper/AL only leagues going forward.