Cincinnati Reds: Predicting the all-decade team for the 2020s

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 28: Luis Castillo #58 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 28: Luis Castillo #58 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 15: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Infielders (7)

1B Robert Hassell III, 2B Tyler Callihan, SS Jose Garcia, 3B Eugenio Suárez, C Tyler Stephenson, UT Rece Hinds, UT Josh VanMeter

The Reds infield is a bit long in the tooth as far as baseball is concerned. Joey Votto is entering his 14th season at age 36 and his contract runs through 2023. Votto will be 40-years old when his contract expires. Freddy Galvis, the team’s starting shortstop, is on a one-year deal and Mike Moustakas is 31-years old. Of those three, Moustakas has the best chance to make an impact.

An infielder who’s entering the prime of his career is third baseman Eugenio Suárez. The 28-year-old from Venezuela broke into the mainstream with 49 home runs last season, setting the record for most home runs in a season among National League third basemen. Suárez is under contract through 2024 with a team option for 2025.

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Cincinnati has two top prospects expected to make an impact in the very near future. Catcher Tyler Stephenson and shortstop Jose Garcia showed off their stuff during spring training and Reds Country got a nice preview of what’s to come if those two young studs continue to develop. Stephenson may make his big league debut later this year.

With Votto’s performance on the decline, the Reds need a young first baseman to develop in the minor leagues over the next couple years. Enter high school phenom Robert Hassell III. The prep star is committed to Vanderbilt, but the right amount of money could pry him away should the Reds select Hassell III in the first-round of the upcoming draft.

Finally, with Moustakas under contract through 2023, there’s certainly the chance that he could make the all-decade team. However, last year’s draft choice Tyler Callihan has a big bat and will make likely make his debut around the time Moose’s contract is up. Another draft pick from last year (Rece Hinds) and Josh VanMeter could round out the infield.