HOUSTON - The year 2018 certainly wouldn’t be considered a banner season for regular right-fielder Josh Reddick. While he played in 134 games for the second consecutive season, his offensive numbers dropped dramatically.
His 17 home runs were actually four more than he had a season ago, but those 17 long balls represented more than half of his extra base hits. His 32 extra base hits, compared to 51 in 2017, led to a slugging percentage of just .400, his lowest mark since his second full season in the major leagues five years ago.
The only month all season that Reddick hit over .233 was June. But that was one of two months (along with May) in which Reddick hit zero homers.
He also hit just .192 with runners in scoring position after hitting .346 in his first season with Houston last year.
Reddick did however, continue to play outstanding defense. He had nine outfield assists, good for fifth in the American League. Statcast determines an outs above average figure for fielders, and Reddick produced a seven, which was good for ninth among American league fielders.
Regardless of his on-field contributions, the veteran outfielder brings a pretty strong presence to the Astros clubhouse, a well-respected voice among his teammates and has built a strong relationship with manager A.J. Hinch in his two seasons here in Houston.
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