Fantasy Baseball: Are You Rockin’ Reddick?

May 3, 2012


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Oakland A’s outfield Josh Reddick is off to a solid start, chipping in a little in every category in the early going. He isn’t confusing anyone for Matt Kemp, but he’s been a solid fantasy outfielder.
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Reddick came over from Boston in the Andrew Bailey trade and has do a solid job batting third for the A’s. He got a little revenge on the Red Sox in hitting a three-run home run off Clay Buchholz in the series opener.
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He is hitting .275 with 13 runs, four home runs, nine RBI, and three stolen bases. Last year he hit .280 for Boston with 41 runs, seven HRs, 28 RBI, and one stolen base.
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The good news for Reddick is that he’s performing even better his year despite been more unlucky. His BABIP last year was .318 and so far this year it’s .300.
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Reddick is a bit odd in the sense that he has hit Major League pitching, particularly last year and the early part of this year, better than he has he did at the Double-A or Triple-A level.
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Reddick is owned in less than ten percent of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues. I don’t think he is a player that should be rostered in the majority of fantasy leagues, but he definitely has a place in larger leagues. He has been solid against both righties and lefties so he can be plugged into lineup if you’re looking to stream batters. If he continues to produce, he’ll force his way onto more fantasy teams.
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