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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MIAMI, FLORIDA – AUGUST 27: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

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RF Aristides Aquino, CF Nick Senzel, LF Stuart Fairchild, OF Mike Siani, OF Quin Cotton

The Reds did a lot to upgrade their outfield this offseason, but the additions of Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos are both short-term solutions. Akiyama is 31-years old and only signed for three years, while Castellanos essentially signed a one-year deal because his four-year contract has opt-out clauses after the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Though he struggled early during spring training, we saw exactly what Aristides Aquino was capable of last August. If The Punisher can regain that level of confidence, he’ll be a force to reckon with for years to come. Aquino is also under team control through the 2025 season.

Speaking of 2025, Nick Senzel’s not slated to leave Cincinnati until then either. Last year’s rookie needs to prove he’s healthy during the upcoming season, as a variety of injuries limited Senzel to just 104 games last year. Though an infielder by trade, I think Senzel will be a fixture in center field for years to come.

Jesse Winker does not appear to be the long-term answer in left field, though he’ll be given a chance to prove the doubters wrong during the upcoming season. Much like Senzel, Winker has to prove he can stay healthy. He’ll have a youngster nipping at his heels as Stuart Fairchild, one of the up-and-coming prospects in the Reds farm system, is eager to prove he’s ready.

Mike Siani is an athletic freak. When you think of Siani, think Billy Hamilton. Siani is quick and can make spectacular plays in the outfield. If his bat catches up, Siani will rocket through the Reds minor leagues very fast. Keep an eye on Quin Cotton as a nice young prospect whose maturity and versatility could elevate him to the bigs rather quickly.