3. Eugenio Suarez (2015-present)
Is this too high, or not high enough for the Reds’ rising star Eugenio Suarez? Only time will tell, but for now, the Reds’ slugger will sit comfortably at No. 3 on the list of top Reds third basemen over the last 50 years.
Suarez, originally signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2009, was traded to the Reds in 2014 in exchange for pitcher Alfredo Simon. That may eventually go down as one of the greatest trades in Cincinnati Reds’ history.
After a season-ending injury to Zack Cozart, Suarez became the starting shortstop for the Reds in June of 2015. After the Reds traded away All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier, Suarez was called upon to replace Frazier at third base. The switch wasn’t automatic, as Suarez had 23 errors in his first season at the hot corner. He did, however, hit 21 home runs and knock in 70 RBIs, while stealing 11 bases.
Last year saw Suarez raise his OBP from .317 to .376 and his OPS from .728 to .828. This season, Suarez became an All-Star for the first time and is currently hitting .304 with a .386 on-base percentage and a .970 OPS. He has 26 home runs and trails the NL RBI-leader by one.
Suarez signed a 7-year, $66-million extension with the Cincinnati Reds during the offseason. If his production continues, Suarez will be with the Reds for a long time and will climb this list very quickly.