Season Outlook: Cincinnati Reds

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Billy Hamilton – Center Fielder
  2. Zack Cozart – Shortstop
  3. Joey Votto – 1st baseman
  4. Adam Duvall – Left Fielder
  5. Scott Schebler – Right Fielder
  6. Devin Mesoraco – Catcher
  7. Eugenio Suarez – 3rd baseman
  8. Jose Peraza – 2nd baseman

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Anthony DeSclafani
  2. Brandon Finnegan
  3. Scott Feldman
  4. Tim Adleman
  5. Robert Stephenson

Season Outlook:

The Cincinnati Reds actually look like a worse team heading into 2017 than they were last season especially since the only MLB players that they signed this offseason were Scott Feldman and Drew Storen which aren’t exactly impact signings. The team also traded longtime 2nd baseman Brandon Phillips which definitely makes this a worse team in 2017. Cincinnati’s offense has Joey Votto as their best player and he is obviously one of the best players in the MLB. However, the issue is that the rest of the Reds offense is terrible besides left fielder Adam Duvall who was a pleasant surprise for Cincinnati last season when he hit 33 home runs and had 103 RBI’s. I’m not quite buying into Duvall yet since he had been a borderline minor league player until last season, so we’ll see if last year was a fluke or not. Either way, Votto and Duvall will have a tremendous amount of pressure on them to perform because the rest of the Reds lineup is filled with below average players. Even if Votto and Duvall have remarkable production in 2017, expect the Reds offense to be very bad. The Reds starting rotation looks even worse than the Reds lineup for the 2017 season as their number 1 starter appears to be Anthony DeSclafani who had a good year in 2016 with a 3.28 ERA, but he has been very inconsistent prior to 2016. This rotation is filled with young pitchers that have very little MLB experience, so don’t expect the rotation to be any better than last year. Cincinnati’s bullpen did add proven relief pitcher Drew Storen, but their bullpen still doesn’t look very good. Overall, this Reds team has uncertainty at basically every position except with Duvall and Votto, so expect this team to compete for the title of worst MLB team.

Prediction: 5th place in the NL Central

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