Pitchers and catchers report in a week. As a Cincinnati Reds fan, you have to be excited this time of year. The Reds are always World Series contenders during Spring Training. Then comes April. And May. This year could be different. The Reds seem to have a young club with lots of upside. There are some decent veterans to provide leadership and bridge the gap until the rest of the prospects are ready. Just because I'm bored, here's the projected lineup.
SP: Harang, Arroyo, Cueto, Bailey, Owings
SP possibilities: Chapman, Maloney, Lehr, Volquez (injured)
RP: Cordero, Massey, Rhodes, Lincoln, Herrera, Burton, Bray
C Ramon Hernandez/Ryan Hanigan
LF (up for grabs) Frazier, Dickerson, Heisey, Gomes(?)
Reds fans have high hopes for Bruce, Stubbs, and Votto. Votto was one of the best hitters last year and dealt with personal issues which kept him out for awhile. Hopefully he'll improve even more. Aroldis Chapman is the X-factor. I say throw him out there and let the new pitching coach work with him throughout the year. But having Owings in the rotation vs. the pen makes him available to pinch hit the four days he's not pitching. Or they could just put him in LF and call it good. Later I'll list the Red's top prospects.