23rd Round: Rays Fall for Reid Redman’s Sparkling Defense

By Robbie Knopf

This might be the most vintage Rays pick of the entire draft.

In the 23rd round, Rays selected 6’1″, 190 infielder Reid Redman out of Texas Tech University. He doesn’t really stand out as a hitter. He hit .325 with a .383 OBP in 2012 but he hit just 1 homer and stole just 3 bases after missing the beginning of the season with a broken foot. But where Redman does stand out is in the field.

Redman played third base, second base, and shortstop for Texas Tech in 2012 and made some dazzling plays. He showed outstanding actions especially at third base and second, showing outstanding range, quick reflexes, and a strong arm. He also handled shortstop capably. Redman really doesn’t stand out offensively, where he’s a tap hitter who can bunt a little and hustle, and he has some speed, although he doesn’t know how to use it on the bases yet. But his defense is excellent and that’s what got him drafted here and what could get him to the big leagues. Redman projects as a defense-first utilityman who can run as well. He’s not an upside pick, but his defense was just too good for the Rays to pass up.