Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
I’d say the Oakland Athletics did pretty well for themselves last offseason, trading closer Andrew Bailey for outfielder Josh Reddick. In fact, Reddick hit twice as many homers last year (32) as Bailey had innings pitched (15.1). For those of you scoring at home, that would be a win, folks. It was tough getting a feel for Reddick in Boston’s system as he played 12 partial seasons across different levels in his five years with the Red Sox organization, but this wasn’t the first time he’d shown more than a little pop. In 466 minor league games, Reddick hit 86 home runs, or 27.7 homers per 150 games. His strikeout and walk rates were very similar to what he did in Oakland last year (22.4% and 8.2%, respectively), and he even displayed a little speed here and there. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been so caught off guard by Reddick’s 32 homers and 117th overall rank last year. At a Glance Strengths: HR, SLG Neutral: R, RBI, SB, OPS Weaknesses: BA, OBP Player Comparisons Best-case scenari...
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