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Fantasy Baseball: Josh Reddick Rising For A’s

Anyone who has stayed the course and rostered Josh Reddick all season has to be frustrated with the roller coaster ride he provides. Reddick was drafted to supply power. He struggled in his first 23 games, batting .241 with one home run. In May, he hit .188 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 24 games.

Reddick went on the disabled list in early June with a knee injury and appeared in four games before aggravating the knee injury and went back on the disabled list in late June. However, since returning from the DL, Reddick is 20-for-53 (.377) with 11 runs, six doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs.

Reddick struck out 41 times in his first 168 at-bats, yet since returning from the disabled list for the second time, Reddick has made better contact, striking out three times in 53 at-bats. The trade of Yoenis Cespedes has helped Reddick move up the batting order, as Reddick is hitting fifth and sixth, increasing his value.

Reddick showed good power in the minor leagues and hit 32 home runs in 2012 with the A’s. Reddick had surgery on his left wrist in 2011 and it bothered him throughout the 2013 season when he hit .226 with 12 homers and 56 RBIs in 114 games. He had surgery on his wright wrist this past October.

Reddick appears to finally be over his injuries and will finish the season strong, so add Reddick if he’s available in your league.

Can you count on Hellickson?

Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson returned from the disabled list on July 8 and allowed one run in 4.1 innings. He didn’t get past the fifth inning until his fourth start on Wednesday when he went seven innings and allowed two hits, one run, no walks and struck out three in a win over the Athletics.

In 20.2 innings, Hellickson has a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Still, I remain skeptical of counting on him. While he doesn’t issue many walks, he doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts and allows home runs. Don’t count on Hellickson in mixed leagues.

Coghlan flashing rookie form

Chris Coghlan won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 with the Marlins. He batted .321 with 84 runs, nine home runs, 47 RBIs, nine stolen bases and an .850 OPS in 128 games. Since then, he has done little….until now.

Coghlan batted .147 in May and .232 in June and was off the radar of Fantasy owners, but he has been sizzling since July. Coghlan batted .376 with 18 runs, 10 doubles, three home runs, 13 RBIs, and two stolen bases last month. In five games this month, he is 9-for-17 with four runs, one home run and four RBIs.

Overall in 205 at-bats, Coghlan is hitting .302 with 32 runs, six home runs, 21 RBIs, five stolen bases and .382 on-base percentage. Coghlan has third base eligibility in some leagues and is owned in just 27 percent of polled leagues.

Medica heating up

Playing time was the concern for the Padres’ Tommy Medica, but with the way he has been hitting since the All-Star Break, he will find at-bats whether it’s at first base or the outfield. Medica is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with seven runs, three home runs and 10 RBIs in the second half. While he strikes out a lot, he has good power. Medica had a .911 OPS in the minors. Medica is worth owning in deeper formats.

All stats entering August 7.

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