16 March 2010
Josh Reddick is now 11 for 23 (.478) with four doubles, one ding dong and six RBI this spring. His 20 total bases are tops on the team and 10 better than the closest guys (Ellsbury and Tug Hulett).
But can he make an impact at the major league level this season?
Unfortunately for Josh, it's unlikely. Jeremy Hermida is expected to be the back up OF and is hitting .368 himself this spring, so the chances of Reddick earning a becn spot are slim to none. With Mike Cameron as the only right-handed OF expected to make the Opening Day roster, Reddick could force Tito to consider making room for him, but unless Mike Lowell is traded before April, he will be the right-handed bat off the bench.
But there are a few other rookies that could make an impact at some point in 2010. Michael Bowden and Junichi Tazawa earned a few starts in 2009 and both could be called into service in 2010 if one of the projected starters gets hurt. Daisuke Matsuzaka's injury troubles will likely force him to start the year on the DL, but the Sox won't need a fifth starter until the end of April. That means Time Wakefield and Clay Buchholz are locked in at No. 4 and No. 5... but with 162 games to play, anything can happen.
The other potential opening might be in the bullpen. Dustin Richardson is a big lefty that came on strong towards the end of 2009. He's likely to start the 2010 season in Pawtucket, especially after a mediocre spring thus far, but Tito could call on him if one of the regular RPs struggle along the way.
Lastly, with Jed Lowrie feeling ill and still strengthening his wrist, infielders Tug Hulett and Angel Sanchez could see some action in the majors this season.
But which rookie do you think will make the biggest impact this season? Cast your vote on the poll in the upper left-hand corner!
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