How about that Josh Reddick?

Josh Reddick was called up to make his Major League debut this week, and he didn’t disappoint. He showed some flexibility, putting in time in left and right field, and good instincts out there. I loved his athleticism and energy out there, but let’s not get carried away. But, what’s not to like about a .313/.353/.688 performance, right?

Please, before you install him into our starting lineup for 2010, please remember that his good performances were against the Orioles, who are showcasing Triple-A level pitching. Against Tampa, he went 1-5 with 4 Ks. What I see is a high-potential player who still needs some polish. He did alright for himself in a very small sample, but 5 strikeouts (29%) and 1 walk (6%) are nothing to write home about. He also didn’t hit show an ability use the opposite field, which he’ll need up here.

Look, I’m not trying to tear down Reddick; I really like him as a prospect, and I’m happy with his performance, short-lived as it was. I’m just trying to lend some realism to the fandom that wants to anoint him as our next Dwight Evans or whoever.

More reading

Josh Reddick page at
My prospect profile (done in 2007)
Introducing Josh Reddick at FanGraphs


2 Responses to How about that Josh Reddick?

  1. Scott says:

    Reddick hit his first major league home run to the opposite field and generally showed a very powerful opposite field stroke, so I don’t know what you mean by that.

    I agree that his numbers weren’t AS good as they looked, but he was certainly encouraging. It should be interesting to see how he performs in Pawtucket until September. They could use a big talented bat down there.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Yes, his HR went the other way, but everything else was pulled or up the middle. A lot of young players experience that, trying to hit an outside pitch hard and grounding hard to the pull side.

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