Cincinnati Reds: Three players helped by the delay to the 2020 season

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12: Eugenio Suarez #7 and Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12: Eugenio Suarez #7 and Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 10: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

1. Eugenio Suárez, Third baseman

No one is the Reds organization was helped by the delayed start to the 2020 season more than Eugenio Suárez. The Cincinnati third baseman was sidelined to begin spring training by a shoulder injury he suffered during the offseason. Geno had surgery in late-January and was expected to possibly miss the beginning of the season.

If the Reds hope to make some noise in the National League Central, much likes he’s been the past two seasons, Eugenio Suárez must be the team’s best player. Sure, the front office added sluggers Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos to the roster, but the Reds must rely on Suárez to be the leader in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage.

Geno’s surgery was brought on by a swimming pool accident. Strange to be sure, but things happen. Suárez was slowly working his way back before the stoppage and was slated to be the team’s designated hitter before MLB put a stop to spring training. The expectation was for Geno to spend several games as the DH before working his way back onto the field at third base.

In the event that Eugenio Suárez is not 100% healthy to begin the 2020, the Cincinnati Reds do have other options. Free agent signing Mike Moustakas has plenty of experience manning third base. The Reds also have Kyle Farmer and Josh VanMeter, both of whom are capable of holding down the hot corner. But, in all likelihood, Suárez will be being the year on the active roster.