Redman lands in Mexico

Although Tike Redman’s year-and-a-half stint with the Baltimore Orioles appears to be over, the 31-year-old outfielder has not given up on his professional baseball career quite yet.

Royals Orioles BaseballBased on results pumped through the trusty Spanish-to-English translator and this online report, it appears that Redman is playing for Algodoneros de Guasave of the Mexican Pacific League this winter.

As most of you will recall, Redman was the first York Revolution player in history to earn an affiliated deal. He landed with the Orioles in May of 2007 and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk after hitting .464 with 13 hits in just seven games with the Revs.

With the Tides the last two years, Redman served as a trusty outfielder and leadoff man, hitting .304 in ’07 with 25 stolen bases and then following that up with a .292 average in 116 games in ’08. Unfortunately, the acquisitions of Adams Jones and Luke Scott in the Miguel Tejada deal prior to the ’08 season left little room in the majors for Redman and he never saw the inside of Camden Yards all season. 

So what were the other reasons he was denied an opportunity in the majors? Well, the knocks on Redman have been obvious for the last several years: 1) He doesn’t hit for power (only 20 career home runs); 2) He’s not a poor base-stealer, but his speed is not in the Usain Bolt class. Entering this year, Redman was 253-for-353 in career stolen base attempts, which works out to a 72 percent success rate — not too bad — but he was just 13-for-25 in steal attempts this season in Norfolk; 3) He’s getting up there in age.

Redman signed a one-year deal with the Orioles after hitting .318 in 40 games in the majors in 2007. But Baltimore chose not to re-sign Redman this off-season and his potential return to the Orioles appears even more in doubt now that he’s gone to Mexico.

It’s far too early to speculate whether or not Redman would consider a return to the Atlantic League next spring, but considering his past success with the independent league, why not give it one more shot?

Editor’s Note: My apologies for the month-long hiatus from the blog. Atlantic League Baseball News has been doing an excellent job covering the Newark Bears, their recent bankruptcy and the team’s eventual sale to new owners. So be sure to check that site for updated information.

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