Josh Reddick just took a big leap. The former South Effingham High School baseball standout was promoted from Single-A to Double-A on Monday, just in time to play for the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs in their postseason Eastern League Northern Division playoff series.
SEHS baseball coach Tony Kirkland said he’s proud of Reddick and the likelihood of Reddick starting next season in Double-A is promising.
The move to Double-A means that the Boston Red Sox brass must think highly of Reddick. Major League Baseball teams often put their top prospects in Double-A for the fast track to the major league.
Reddick’s first game with his new club was on Tuesday in the Sea Dogs’ 7-4 win over New Hampshire. Reddick went 0-for-1 in a pinch hit attempt.
The playoffs started Wednesday against the Trenton Thunder. Reddick went 0-for-1 in his team’s 3-1 loss. The Sea Dogs won the second game 3-2 in 13 innings, but Reddick did not play.
While at Single-A Greenville, Reddick appeared in 94 games, leading the Drive in batting with a .306 average. He was second in home runs and RBIs, with 18 and 72 respectively.
Reddick’s fellow South Effingham alum Austin Chambliss is also in the postseason.
Chambliss is pitching for the Colorado Rockies’ Single-A team Tri-City Dust Devils in the Northwest League’s playoffs.
In the opening game of a five-game series against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, he was lights out in the Devils’ 3-2 win, earning the save.
With runners on first and second in the ninth inning, Chambliss entered the game and walked his first batter to load the bases. Then, he settled down and struck out the next two batters, before retiring the final batter on a slow groundout to first base.
For the season, Chambliss is 4-3 with a 6.35 ERA. He has struck out 40 batters and walked 10. Opponents are hitting .300 against him.
Shiell’s season is over as the Wichita Wranglers of Double-A’s Texas League concluded its season Monday with a 2-1 loss to Tulsa.
Shiell split time among the Wranglers, Triple-A’s Omaha Royals and MLB’s Kansas City Royals.
For the year, he went 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA. He struck out 45 batters, walked 27 and opponents are hitting .282 hitting against him.