There are several interesting Cincinnati Reds players to watch this year in spring training. Players that are also producing interesting storylines to watch. Storylines that will play an important role in the Reds 2019 season.
The state of Joey Votto’s recovery
First, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is the Reds veteran player to watch in spring training. He is looking to rebound from a difficult 2018 season. He struggled with a knee injury that kept him off the field for much of August and September. Votto missed 17 games last season, in his worst season at the plate since 2014. Spring Training will be an opportunity to see what progress Votto is making in his recovery.
Votto still had a significant 2018 season despite his struggles. He was a participant in last year’s MLB All-Star Game. Votto’s sixth appearance in the Midsummer Classic overall. He also led the Reds with a .417 on base percentage. Finishing his season with the best on base percentage in the National League.
Reds prospect Nick Senzel stands out as Cincinnati’s prospect to watch in spring training. Senzel is reportedly a contender to be the Reds starting center fielder. After letting go of former Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton earlier in the offseason. This will be an interesting challenge for Senzel; after spending his entire career so far as an infielder. However, the Reds already have a relatively stable infield and needs in their outfield.
Elsewhere in the outfield
Senzel would potentially join Yasiel Puig and Scott Schebler in the outfield. Puig stands out as the most notable star added to the Reds roster in the offseason. Filling a void created by Hamilton and Adam Duvall’s departures. By having a dependable outfielder that is also a more dependable batter. After many Reds fans spent the last couple of years frustrated by Hamilton’s batting struggles.
The Reds new and hopefully improved pitching staff
Finally, Cincinnati recently made significant additions to their pitching staff. Adding Alex Wood, Tanner Roark and Sonny Grey in the offseason. These additions are set to shakeup the Reds starting rotation in ways not seen in years. A welcomed development for one of baseball’s worst pitching staffs over the last few years. This spring training will give the Reds a chance to see how this relatively new rotation could work.