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2. Reid Redman
There are certain numbers that stand out when looking at a player. For Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Reid Redman, his career 1.9 walks per nine innings is certainly eye opening.
Redman has actually improved upon that rate this season. In his 14.1 innings of work this year, the former infielder has posted a 2.51 ERA and a 0.907 WHip, striking out 14 batters. As impressive as those numbers are, what truly stands out is that Redman has walked only one batter thus far.
Not only is Reid Redman constantly around the plate, but he is proving to be rather difficult to square up. Opponents are only producing a .237 batting average on balls in play against Redman, as he is simply generating ground ball after ground ball. While his 48.8% ground ball rate is high, he has increased that ratio each season, making him an interesting player to watch.
Even though Redman is 26 years old and in Northwest Arkansas, he is only in his third year pitching. Once he truly gains experience on the mound, Redman could prove to be quite the asset in the future.
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