Many weren't too thrilled when the Reds opted to fill their void in left field by signing Ryan Ludwick to a free agent deal last offseason. And it was difficult to blame them at the time. Ludwick was coming off back-to-back mediocre seasons and it appeared as though his skills were declining with his increase in age. The 2012 season proved to be a bounceback one for the Las Vegas native as he quickly won over the support of Reds fans with his hustle, passion, and good play on the field. By the time the year was over, the $2.5M invested in him for a one-year contract looked to be an absolute bargain.
Let us now reflect back on Ludwick's terrific '12 season:
+ Posted his second-best season in his career with respect to homers (26), average (.275), on-base percentage (.346), slugging (.531), OPS (.877), total bases (224), and doubles (28)
+ Recorded an offensive WAR of 2.1
+ Batted .333 (6-18) with three homers and four RBI in the NLDS
+ Finished second on the tea...