Brantley and Reddick going forward
In the end, both Brantley and Reddick will finish their careers as bona fide major league contributors. After 11 seasons, neither player is definitively better in every facet of the game compared to the other—a fact that stands as a testament to the quality of the careers of both outfielders. Nonetheless, questions remain.
Is Reddick’s 2017 career-best batting average of .314 again achievable, or is he dropping off quickly? Is there any circumstance where the new Astros front office would be willing to part ways with 2015 first-round pick, Kyle Tucker? And just where does Myles Straw’s scorching speed to run down line drives in tight ball games fit into the equation? It appears to all hinge on one major factor: Reddick’s offensive production during the upcoming season.
There is, of course, another possibility, altogether. Perhaps new Astros’ skipper, Dusty Baker, and general manager, James Click, will ride the Brantley-Reddick corner outfielder train as long as it stays on the tracks en route to another world championship run for Houston. Stay tuned.
Houston Astros fans, if you had to see Brantley or Reddick go, who would it be and why?