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Top Prospect Alert - Tim Redding

By Robert Sherry

Tim Redding: In a park like Enron Field, you need to have a deep group of pitchers and that is what the Astro's are trying to develop. Most fans have heard about Roy Oswalt, but there is more solid pitching prospects in this system, probably starting next with Redding. A 23-year-old righty, Redding was a 20th round draft pick in the 1997  out of Monroe C.C. (NY). He signed in 1998 and strictly stuck to pitching as he had been spending time in center in college. In 1999, Redding worked in relief before moving back to the rotation in 2000 at Single-A Kissimmee. In the Florida State League, Redding was dominate as he posted a 12-5 record, 2.68 ERA, 155 innings pitched, 125 hits, 57 walks, and 170 strikeouts in 24 starts, He earned a promotion to Double-A Round Rock to finish off the season (2-0, 3.46 ERA, 26 IP, 14 H 22 BB, 22 SO, 5 GS).

At 6-feet and 180 pounds, Redding's fastball (his best pitch) can reach the upper-90s. He follows that with a sharp curve and good changeup. He is also working on a slider as his fourth pitch. The only thing missing is just more experience. Once he fully masters all of those pitches, he could be an exceptional pitcher. Some think he could make the move to the bullpen and close, but I still consider him as a future starter, probably in or around the No. 2 - No. 3 spot in the Astros rotation behind Oswalt.

Currently, Redding is pitching back at Double-A Round Rock and is off to a fast start, posting a 6-1 record in seven starts. The rest of his numbers are very impressive as well - 1.27 ERA, 49.2 innings piched, 25 hits allowed, 13 walks, and 57 strikeouts. Look for Redding to make it to the majors by late-season and I expect im to have a bright future at Enron.


 

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