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Former Mustang on Fast Track to Big Leagues

Josh Reddick hitting .323 for the Greenville Drive this season Josh Reddick hitting .323 for the Greenville Drive this season
Reddick was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 Reddick was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006

A former South Effingham High School star has traded in his Mustang uniform for a chance at the big leagues.

And Josh Reddick has been a hit, literally, since the day he picked up a bat and glove.

"When he turned five it's all he wanted to do was play baseball major league and when I asked him well what if baseball doesn't work out, what is your second job, he said he didn't have one," laughs Kenny Reddick, Josh's dad.

"It's always been my dream, my parents would ask me what I want to be when I grow up and I said professional baseball," explains Josh. "and they asked me what happens if that doesn't work, and I said that doesn't matter, there's not other option, i'm going to be a professional ballplayer."

And that day has come, from little leaguer to big leaguer, Josh Reddick is living the dream every time the announcer says

"And leading off for the Drive, Right fielder, #3, Josh Reddick!"

The former South Effingham star, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2006 draft.

Since then he's worked his way up through the farm system.

"After quieting all the critics he had to go through, all the up's, and downs, about his baseball career it's amazing," says Kenny Reddick.

Both mom and dad come to games, and show their pride for their son..

"Immensely proud," says Cheryl Reddick, Josh's mom.

Reddick started out the season in extended spring training but got called up to the Greenville Drive on May 20th.

Since then he's really caught on to the big league style of play.

"It felt great to come up and contribute and just trying to help out as much as I can and to get a starting position and hopefully not go back down," says Josh.

With a .323 batting average and 12 home runs so far, clearly, he's on the way up.

Reported by: Melissa Maikos, mmaikos@wtoc.com

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