LAWERENCEVILLE — For four-plus seasons Todd Redmond brought stability to the Gwinnett Braves rotation.
The right-hander seemingly never missed a start and as the years rolled along became more consistent. But while he pitched every five days, he got to watch pitchers come and go to the big leagues. Tommy Hanson, Kris Medlen, Johnny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran all came through Gwinnett and to Atlanta during Redmond's time.
Redmond got his first call-up ever this season, travelled with the big Braves to Yankee Stadium and got a great seat in the bullpen and never reached the mound.
In his first start back in the minors Redmond went six innings, allowing four runs off six hits and struck out nine.
So when he learned of his trade to the Cincinnati Reds for a minor league position player, his reaction was understandable.
“I was a little shocked, but it was a happy moment,” Redmond said Saturday from the visitor's clubhouse at Coolray Field. “I was glad to start over, basically. Have a chance with another team.”
With the Bats, Redmond is 2-2 in four games with a 2.35 ERA. He's lasted at least five innings in every start and five of his six earned runs came in one outing.
He makes his fifth appearance with Louisville today on the familiar G-Braves mound. But Gwinnett is now they to Redmond. Another lineup to attack.
“It's going to be the same thing, same mentality,” he said. “Go out there and try to throw strikes and get ahead of hitter. They have a good hitting team over there. Same thing I am going to do to any other team.”
He gets to face one of those former teammates he watched as well, with Tommy Hanson making a rehab start.
“Nice,” he said when he learned.
And the 27-year-old still hopes to one day do it at the highest level. He's been up twice with the Reds and returned with no appearances.
“I am just getting used to going up there,” he said. “ Anytime I can go up there and sit there and hang out is a dream come true. Next time I go up, hopefully I'll get to get in there.”