Cincinnati Reds: Ranking the rookie performances of the 2020 season

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Jose Garcia #38 of the Cincinnati Reds throws to first base.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 27: Jose Garcia #38 of the Cincinnati Reds throws to first base. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

4. José García, Reds shortstop

I don’t think anyone expected to see José García make his major league debut this season. He’d yet to play above Advanced-A Daytona and likely would have began the 2020 season at Double-A Chattanooga with an eye towards a mid-summer call-up in 2021. However, after getting little to nothing from Freddy Galvis, the Reds front office inserted García into the lineup.

García has all the tools to be an elite-level defensive shortstop. However, the 22-year-old still has a lot to work on in terms of hitting at the big league level. García hit just .194/.206/.194 in 67 at-bats. While Reds fans love the potential of their young shortstop, it would behoove the organization to begin García in the minors to begin the 2021 season.

That may sound silly after watching the rookie make some phenomenal defensive plays, but the inexperience of García showed at the plate. He’d constantly chase balls out of the strike zone and showed little to no patience, as evidence by his .206 on-base percentage. García is not ready for The Show.

But, he’s not far off. In terms of defense, José García could start over almost any free agent shortstop the Reds would bring in this offseason. I’m sure Cincinnati fans are hoping the Baltimore Orioles decline the option on José Iglesias, otherwise the Reds may have to plug in Kyle Farmer, Alex Blandino at shortstop in 2021.