Coming in at #28 of FR Sports Pre Spring Training MLB Power Rankings the Cincinnati Reds
Projected Record: 64-98 5th in the NL Central
Potential Lineup CF Hamilton #8, 2B Phillips #4, 1B Votto #19, RF Bruce #32, C Mesoraco #39, SS Cozart #2 3B Suarez #7, LF Schebler #43, TBD Pitcher
Potential Rotation 1.DeSclafani #28, 2.Iglesias #26, 3.Finnegan #39 , 4.Lorenzen #21, 5.Lamb #47
Potential Bullpen CL Diaz #70, 8th Hoover #60, 7th Wood #36 Mid Relief: Cingrani #52, Cotham#54, Contreras #53, O’Grady #56
Potential Bench C Cabrera #37, IF/OF De Jesus Jr. #3,OF Duvall #23 ,OF Cave #33, OF Rodriguez #33
Injuries: P Bailey #34
The Cincinnati Reds who just two years ago in 2013 were coming off back to back postseason berths are now a team with a future that isn’t looking to bright. After two straight losing seasons including a dreadful 2015 where they won just 64 games. The Reds decided to go into rebuild mode. The rebuild project started for the Reds at the trade deadline a summer ago when they traded ace Johnny Cueto to the Royals who would end up helping Kansas City win the world series before heading to San Francisco this offseason. The Reds kicked their rebuild into an even higher gear this offseason when they traded stud closer Aroldis Chapman to the Bronx, and fan favorite Todd Frazier to the White Sox all for prospects. The Reds won’t be very competitive in 2016 but still have 162 games to play and try to pull off a miracle and be competitive. The Reds finished 26th in scored runs last season. The two bright spots in their lineup were Todd Frazier who is now good and Joey Votto who doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Votto batted .314 with 29 homers and 80 RBI’s in 2015 as he returned to his MVP caliber form. Votto will need to have a monster year to make up for the loss of Todd Frazier however as the rest of the Reds lineup doesn’t have much pop. The starting pitching staff for the Reds is extremely young and went through struggles in 2015 finishing 26th in starting ERA at 4.58. The Reds however have some talented youngsters on their starting staff that they hope will continue to make strides in 2016 in Andrew DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, and Rasiel Iglesias. All 26 years or younger in age. As for the Reds bullpen the last few years the game was over if the Reds led after the 9th thanks to the Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman however he will now be closing out games for the Yankees in the Bronx so the Reds bullpen that finished 22nd in bullpen ERA a season ago will need to rely on guys like Jumbo Diaz, J.J. Hoover, and Blake Wood to close out games in 2016. The Reds are in the early stages of a rebuild mode which could make it a long season in Cincinnati.