Tag:Josh Reddick
Posted on: April 23, 2012 11:26 am

The Chronicles of Reddick

I've warmed up to the idea of recommending A's outfielder Josh Reddick to Fantasy owners. The only caveat is that you are going to have to be committed to rotating him in and out of your lineup because he's a streaky hitter. But I still feel he has enough upside to warrant a roster spot.

Reddick heads into Week 4 (April 23-29) batting .333 (10 for 30) with a .355 OBP, .567 slugging percentage and .922 OPS in his last seven games. He also has one homer, two RBI and four doubles in that span. Before his hot streak, Reddick was batting just .206 with one homer and one RBI in his first nine games.

People might not realize, but Reddick was considered a top 100 prospect by Baseball America in 2010. He had a .500 slugging percentage and .832 OPS in 466 minor-league games, so you can see the potential is there. He did slug 23 homers in 2008.

The biggest concern with Reddick is Oakland's home ballpark, which favors pitchers. Reddick is batting .214 at home, as opposed to .310 on the road in the early going.

However, I feel those home numbers have the chance to really improve. Reddick is a line-drive hitter (21.6 percent since 2009) and Oakland's home park is an above average stadium for line-drive hitters. It might just be Reddick needs to find his comfort zone in Oakland before he really starts to heat up.
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