Albuquerque outfielder Prentice Redman turns 31 at the end of August, and he quietly has assembled a quality Triple-A résumé. But following a 50-game suspension he incurred for testing positive for an amphetamine, Redman has attracted more notoriety than perhaps is comfortable.
This season, Redman batted .332/.402/.551 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in 214 at-bats for Albuquerque. Now, he'll have to put his assault on Isotopes Park on hold for about two months.
Redman has made the most of favorable hitting conditions at home this season, batting .351/.421/.606 in 94 at-bats in Albuquerque. But in fact, he's enjoyed a fine run of success in the Pacific Coast League over the past four seasons, with OPS figures, going backward, that read .954, .900, .959 and .832.
Like his brother Tike, Prentice graduated from the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Academy. The Mets tabbed him in the 10th round of 1999 draft out of Bevill State (Ala.) CC, and he climbed steadily through the system, reaching the big leagues for 15 games in ’03. Granted minor league free agency for the first time following the ’05 season, Redman in the past five seasons has bounced from the Cardinals to the Nationals to the Mariners and, finally, to the Dodgers, with whom he signed last December.
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