Cincinnati Reds circa 2020, who will be here in two more seasons

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The Cincinnati Reds are finishing up a rebuild and should be competitive in 2020.

It’s not impossible to picture what the Cincinnati Reds will look like in 2020.  The Reds have most of there prospects in place to step up.  With one exception the 2020 team could already be here.

That one exception is 2016 first round pick Nick Senzel.  He could start at third as early as sometime in 2018.  2019 is the more likely arrival date.

Dilson Herrera projects to start at second base this spring.  Scooter Gennett is currently blocking him, but will have a new home by 2020.  Herrera could even lose his slot to recent addition to the forty man roster, Shed Long, by then.

The outfield for 2020 will likely contain Jesse Winker, Adam Duvall and potentially Scott Schebler.  Whether or not Taylor Trammell is ready by then could be a deciding factor.  Phil Ervin will also have a chance at center field between now and then.

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Currently, Jose Peraza is penciled in at shortstop.  His role is most likely that of super sub on the team in 2020.  That necessitates that Alex Blandino step-up or one of the other minor leaguers makes an impression.

Joey Votto, of course, is likely going to still be around in 2020.  The question is who will be augmenting him at first.  By them, Duvall or current third baseman Eugenio Suarez could play first most of the time with Votto as the back-up.

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The pitching staff for the Cincinnati Reds could look nothing like what it is or it could look very similar.

The young core three of Luis Castillo, Sal Romano, and Tyler Mahle will likely compose the majority of the starting rotation for the Reds in 2020.  It will be the first year post Homer Bailey’s contract.  Anthony DeSclafani will reach arbitration by then as well.

Amir Garrett, Keury Mella, and Scott Moss are all starting prospects that figure to get their shot at the big league rotation between now and then.  Garrett had a great start to 2017 before a hip injury derailed his campaign.  Mella was the real get for the Reds in the Mike Leake deal, even though Duvall has worked out well.

In the bullpen Raisel Iglesias has almost no chance of remaining.  He is too sought after for the Reds to keep turning down offers year after year.  Michael Lorenzen could close for the 2020 team or more likely Ariel Hernandez who received a cup of coffee in 2017.

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That team sounds exciting and promising.  It’s a combination of players on the rise and those that have not arrived yet.  There are others that have not even gotten on the big league radar yet too.