On December 28, 2011 the Boston Red Sox acquired Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney from the Oakland Athletics. In return they sent Josh Reddick and Miles Head to Oakland. It was a deal that made sense for both clubs at the time, but Oakland is currently reaping all the benefits with Josh Reddick. In 36 games and 144 ABs, Reddick has 41 hits (.285 avg) including 9 HR, 8 doubles, a triple, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored. Those numbers make Josh Reddick a top 15 OF. But should Oakland Athletics fans and fantasy owners be surprised by Reddick's breakout performance?
Reddick spent parts of 5 seasons in the minor leagues finishing with a career .278 average. In 2008 over the course of A+, A, and AA ball he hit 19 doubles, 13 triples, 23 home runs, scored 89 runs and drove in 91 in just 124 games. He also spent parts of the last 3 seasons with the Red Sox getting limited playing time, yet showing flashes of his talent. Last season he got just 254 AB, yet managed to hit 18 doubles, 3 triples and 7 home runs, scoring 41 times and driving in 28.
Now with guaranteed playing time and batting third for the Athletics, Josh Reddick is making a name for himself throughout the league and is becoming a must own in fantasy baseball. Take a look at all of the categories he ranks in the Top 10:
Even with all of those positive rankings, Reddick is still just 74% owned in Yahoo leagues. Now we understand that it is still early in the season and that players like Jose Bautista, Giancarlo Stanton and Shane Victorino are more than likely going to turn their seasons around at some point, but you need to win now and Josh Reddick is one of the best, if not the best player possibly still available in your league that can help you ride out your 1st, 2nd, 3rd round players early season struggles.
Reddick turned just 25 year old before the season started and has only been playing better in May. He has hit 5 of his 9 home runs over these 13 games and is hitting an even .300 while raising his OBP to .417 for the month! If Josh is available in your league, you need to add him to your roster, or else you will watch someone else climb the standings after adding him.