Cincinnati Reds: Will Ryan Ludwick Play Every Day?
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The Reds have not yet made announce for the outfielder who has been on a steady decline from his 2008 all-star season, and like Heisey, he does not hit left-handed pitchers well. The chart below shows Ludwick's decline and that Heisey clearly has the better bat.
Year ave. HR RBI slg %
2009 .265 22 97 .447
2010 .251 17 59 .418
2011 .237 13 75 .363
2010 .254 8 21 .433
2011 .254 18 50 .487
With this deal, left field is sure to be an interesting battle this spring. However, I would think that going into spring training the everyday position should be Heisey's to lose. The only advantage Ludwick has over Heisey is that he hits left handed pitchers a little better (.237 vs. .180).
So, all in all, this was a nice move by Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, but Reds fans should not get too excited, as Ludwick likely will be just a bat off the bench, or platoon player at best.
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