The Red Report: Ryan Ludwick

Ryan Ludwick

#48 / Outfielder / Cincinnati Reds

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 215 lbs.

Bats: Right

Throws: Left

Born: July 13, 1978 (Age 33)

After Uncle Walt shored up the pitching staff this off-season with the acquisitions of Latos, Marshall and Madson, the last item he had left to check off of his shopping list was a platoon partner for Chris Heisey in left field. Enter, Walt's former Cardinal buddy, Ryan Ludwick. There was a good deal of hand wringing when this move was made around these parts, and for good reason. Ludwick's numbers have been trending in the wrong direction since his career year in 2008, and he all but bottomed out in 2011. But aside from Carlos Beltran, the pickings were rather slim in the free agent outfielder market this year, so it's hard to get too worked up over a 1 year, 2.5 million dollar deal.

There is no getting around the fact that Ludwick was pretty terrible last year. His .237/.310/.363 line in 2011 was the worst since he has been an everyday player (since 2007). His BABIP, WAR, wOBA, ISO and OPS+ were also the lowest in that same time frame. But, there are reasons to be optimistic for a bump up in his stats, at least in the power department, considering that GABP is a much more hitter friendly park for righties than both Petco and PNC Park. The switch could add to his HR totals, and platooning with Heisey could keep Ludwick fresh through the season. On the other hand, there is also the chance that he continues performing at or below replacement level while Dusty gives him the majority of starts in left field, due to SSS splits and veteran presence, and before you know it, he's this year's EdRent/SloCab/CoPat/T-Virus. But, hey, it's the off-season and hope springs eternal, right? More on the new guy after the jump.

Fast Facts

  • He is a rare right-handed batting, left -handed throwing position player. Cody Ross, another free agent outfielder the Reds had interest in this off-season, also bats right and throws left.
  • Ludwick, much like Chris Heisey, has wacky reverse platoon splits (.272/.339/.455 v. RHP .237/.310/.363 v. LHP), albeit in a much larger sample size.
  • I'm too lazy to fact-check this, but with the addition of Ludwick and Madson (as well as Hanigan), the Reds have 3 Ryans on the 25-man roster. Which I'm going to say is the most in the Majors.
  • He was named to the Baseball America All-Freshman Team in 1997 while playing for UNLV.
  • Ryan's older brother Eric was a major league pitcher that played for four teams over four seasons with a 52 ERA+ in 74.1 IP.
  • Injuries nearly derailed his career before it began when he sustained a stress fracture in his hip in 2002 and ended up needing two knee surgeries during the 2004 season.
  • Despite being born in Florida and growing up in Las Vegas, Ludwick has southern Ohio roots. He has family from Georgetown, Ohio and he claims his favorite player growing up was Eric Davis and the Reds were his favorite team.
  • Ludwick was a classmate of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch at Durango Valley High in Las Vegas.
  • He has a son named Stetson. I guess he's really in to cowboy hats.

Suggested Nicknames:

Ducky Ludwick (h/t Scrabbles), Ludwick von Beethoven, Luddy, The Luddite Fallacy

2012 Projections:

Bill James: .249/.325/.426 .323 wOBA

ZiPS: .253/.322/.430 .326 wOBA

RotoChamp: .242/.320/.393 .313 wOBA

Career Stats


Year Age Tm G PA H 2B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1999 20 OAK-min 43 198 47 11 4 34 .275 .348 .444 .793
2000 21 OAK-min 129 578 130 26 29 102 .264 .359 .505 .864
2001 22 OAK-min 136 574 132 26 26 103 .264 .344 .484 .828
2002 23 TEX-min 78 352 87 27 15 52 .285 .370 .548 .918
2002 23 TEX 23 88 19 6 1 9 .235 .295 .346 .641 66
2003 24 TEX-min 81 360 96 24 17 63 .303 .372 .558 .931
2003 24 TOT 47 175 40 8 7 26 .247 .299 .438 .737 93
2004 25 CLE-min 52 216 52 17 9 35 .271 .338 .500 .838
2004 25 CLE 15 54 11 2 2 4 .220 .278 .380 .658 74
2005 26 CLE-min 54 213 36 10 4 16 .191 .272 .330 .602
2005 26 CLE 19 48 9 0 4 5 .220 .333 .512 .846 125
2007 28 STL-min 29 121 36 8 8 36 .340 .380 .642 1.022
2007 28 STL 120 339 81 22 14 52 .267 .339 .479 .818 110
2008 29 STL 152 617 161 40 37 113 .299 .375 .591 .966 150
2009 30 STL 139 542 129 20 22 97 .265 .329 .447 .775 105
2010 31 STL-min 3 11 3 1 2 5 .333 .273 1.111 1.384
2010 31 TOT 136 553 123 27 17 69 .251 .325 .418 .743 104
2010 31 STL 77 314 79 20 11 43 .281 .343 .484 .827 123
2010 31 SDP 59 239 44 7 6 26 .211 .301 .330 .631 78
2011 32 PIT-min 4 16 5 1 1 5 .385 .500 .692 1.192
2011 32 TOT 139 558 116 23 13 75 .237 .310 .363 .674 90
2011 32 SDP 101 425 90 18 11 64 .238 .301 .373 .674 90
2011 32 PIT 38 133 26 5 2 11 .232 .341 .330 .671 88
9 Yrs 790 2974 689 148 117 450 .261 .332 .455 .787 110
Generated 2/23/2012.
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