Cincinnati Reds: Five current players most likely to make the Hall of Fame

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds give a high five to Joey Votto #19 (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds give a high five to Joey Votto #19 (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – AUGUST 27: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

3. Eugenio Suárez, Third baseman

Eugenio Suárez had a breakout season in 2018, making a trip to his first All-Star Game. Last season, Geno broke the record of most home runs in a single season by a Venezuelan-born player. What might we see from Suárez in 2020 is anyone’s guess. Has the 28-year-old hit his ceiling or is there more to come from the Reds third baseman?

I don’t think anyone expected Suárez to transform into the player that we see before us. Had that been the case, he’d have signed a much larger deal that the seven-year/$66M contract extension that was inked back in 2018. Eugenio Suárez’s current deal with the Reds isn’t a bargain, it’s highway robbery.

The numbers that Geno has put up the past two seasons suggest that Reds star is just starting to hit his stride. Suárez’s name popped up on a few MVP ballots last season, but the right-handed slugger finished 15th in race. That said, another season like we saw in 2019 will certainly elevate Geno’s standing among the fans and baseball writers.

Suárez should already have two All-Star appearances to his name, but unfortunately for him, fellow third basemen Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rendon have resided in the National League. Perhaps Rendon’s shift to the American League will help give Geno a foothold in the conversation for the best third basemen in the NL.