In baseball, sometimes true athletes take years to find the position that is perfect for them. At Midland Christian High School in Texas in 2007, Reid Redman played third base because of Chris Withrow and Carson Smith leading a scary pitching rotation. As a result of this, Redman naturally played third base at Midland College and later Texas Tech. That's not to say he wasn't an extremely capable and productive infielder. Redman had a career .389 OBP% in 91 games for Tech. However, playing for the Princeton Rays in 2012, Redman had to come to the realization that he would not make it to the Majors as a third baseman.
After being released by the Rays, the Marlins gave a Redman a tryout, but as a pitcher. After the two sides came to terms, Redman was quickly rushed to the mound. In 2013, Reid Redman saw action in 19 games out of the bullpen for Batavia in the NYPL. Redman posted a 2.85 FIP and only allowed one home run the entire season.
This year, it could have been very easy to write off Redman's 2013 success as a New York-Penn League mirage. However, soon Redman proved that his move to the mound very well might have been a career saver. Skipping Greensboro and the South Atlantic League, Redman has looked tremendous pitching for the Jupiter Hammerheads. In 28.2 innings pitched out of the Jupiter bullpen, Redman has struck out 33, only allowed a single home run, and earned his 2.37 FIP. It will be incredibly interesting to see how far Redman will be able to continue his success on the bump and whether or not he will be able to maintain these types of numbers. Reid Redman seems like a natural on the mound and hopefully he'll be able to keep on proving people wrong.