After eight years in the Braves organization, including the past four in Triple-A Gwinnett, Todd Redmond finally got his big league chance. The 27-year-old right-hander was called up to take Brandon Beachy’s roster spot and give the Braves another arm in the bullpen.
Redmond was 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 13 starts for Gwinnett, with 19 walks and 67 strikeouts in 76 innings. He’s been a solid starter throughout his minor league career but never had the kind of repertoire to garner much attention. But he was added to the 40-man roster this year, has seen his fastball tick up a few notches in low-to-mid 90s, and is reaping the rewards.
“We always give him (grief) because he’s got the invisi-ball,” said Kris Medlen, who played with Redmond in Gwinnett this year and Double-A Mississippi in 2008. “He always goes seven or eight innings, but he throws these belt-high to belly button-high 90 mph (fastballs). If I threw them they’d get crushed but it doesn’t. Some things you can’t explain. It’s like how do you do that?”
Medlen calls Redmond a “great dude,” and had to laugh when his phone rang at 1 a.m. Sunday morning, with Redmond calling to verify he’d better pack for the road. That was one thing Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage forgot to mention. Redmond’s parents just happened to be visiting for Father’s Day weekend and could help with laundry.
“My brother called me last night and he was like ‘Way to trump my Father’s Day gift,” Redmond said with a smile. “I was like ‘I can’t plan it any better.’”
Father’s Day surprise
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel had a big surprise in store for his father Mike on Sunday afternoon, presenting his Father’s Day gift on the field before Sunday’s game – a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle.