Cincinnati Reds fans have a potential back-to-back all star
Cincinnati Reds fans have a potential back-to-back All-Star on their hands. His name is Adam Duvall. He is essentially a utility man who thrives in the outfield, but when the Reds first acquired him he was listed as a first baseman. He is currently the backup 1st baseman, the backup right fielder, the backup 3rd baseman, and the starting left fielder. The guy can do just about anything on the corners.
Remember, Duvall was a first baseman for nearly his entire career before he came to the Reds. When he was in the San Francisco organization he was a first baseman until his last year there. Now he is a Gold Glove finalist in left.
Adam Duvall is still young and is only getting better
Adam has been in and out of the minor leagues his entire career, and never really making a noticeable appearance for any team until last season. He totalled 608 plate appearances in the 2016 season, beating his next highest season by a whopping 531. His first time taking on the role of an everyday player he exceeded every expectation that the Reds placed on him. He saw his batting average go from a .219-.241 from 2015-2016. His RBI total was over the 100 mark. The dude even launched a modest 33 home runs.
Finally, Adam might not be the only All Star for the Reds
There’s a few other guys that have put up some blips on MLB’s radar lately. Though suffering from a pretty poor late season drop-off, Eugenio Suarez had a pretty solid season last year. If he can find a way to be more of a consistent front on the defensive side, there’s a good chance you could see him sporting the National League All Star jersey. Joey Votto is a familiar face among MLB fans. He won an MVP and a gold glove, as well as earning 4 All Star selections, while leading the Reds to the playoffs. He has posted 3 straight season of .300 or higher batting averages. If he keeps up his production with maybe a few tweaks here and there he has a great chance of landing on the roster.
Beyond the position players, the Reds have a handful of pitchers that could make the All-Star team. Michael Lorenzen could get there as a multi-inning set-up man or as a closer. Anthony DeSclafani is the one starting pitcher that could make the team with his stuff.
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Reds fans, take the small victories and appreciate the few all stars that we have.