Melvin says Reddick plays right field like Gold

Melvin says Reddick plays right field like Gold

Melvin says Reddick plays right field like Gold
ANAHEIM -- Though the votes are already in for this year's Gold Glove accolades, A's manager Bob Melvin still enjoys talking up one of his own players he feels is deserving of one.

Managers are not allowed to vote for their own players, but Melvin says right fielder Josh Reddick is "very much" worthy of the award. Reddick has 14 assists on the season, which ranks second among Major League outfielders behind Kansas City's Jeff Francoeur (18), and has made several noteworthy plays throughout the season, while also handling the routine ones with ease.

"I think it's pretty well-documented around the league now that this is one of the better outfielders, not just right fielders, in the game," Melvin said. "I think it's very rare that we play a series and he doesn't do something impressive out there, whether it's a catch, whether it's a throw, whether it's an angle.

"A guy that plays deep means he comes in on the ball well. A guy that plays shallow means he goes back on the ball well. He does both and is very aware where the baserunners are, where he needs to cut off a run, and he's always throwing to the right base. It's been very impressive."

The A's haven't had a Gold Glove winner since 2006, when third baseman Eric Chavez took home his sixth in a row.

Melvin said votes for the award were cast last week, "but I've heard [Reddick] has gotten a little bit of support for that."

At the plate, Reddick has found himself in another slump, having collected just one hit in his last 28 at-bats, following a 14-for-28 stretch with three home runs and nine RBIs spanning six games that netted him American League Player of the Week honors. Overall, his average is down to .248 on the season. Less than two months ago, he was batting .274.

Reddick endured a similar funk in August, and Melvin responded by bumping him to the sixth spot. This time around, Melvin said he plans to stick with him in the No. 3 hole.