Reds: Gauging depth at shortstop after adding Dee Strange-Gordon

PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 05: Dee Strange-Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners talks with fans. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 05: Dee Strange-Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners talks with fans. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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Jose Garcia #38 of the Cincinnati Reds plays defense at shortstop.
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 02: Jose Garcia #38 of the Cincinnati Reds plays defense at shortstop. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Reds have two prospects who could start at shortstop.

Heading into spring training, it seems unlikely that José García or Alfredo Rodriguez will find a spot on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. But, there’s an outside chance that one or both could make there way to Cincinnati after starting the season in the minor leagues.

Both García and Rodriguez are sure to get an invite to spring training. García is on the 40-man roster and showcased some fine defensive skills in 24 games last season. While Rodriguez has yet to make his big league debut, the 26-year-old possesses major league talent, at least defensively, and a strong showing while in Goodyear could give him a boost heading into the season.

The recent additions of Kyle Holder and Dee Strange-Gordon signal that Cincinnati’s front office and coaching staff have reservations about handing the keys at shortstop to García. I can’t really blame them on that, as until last season, the young infielder hadn’t even taken a swing in Double-A ball.

Having said that, a strong performance in spring training coupled with an improvement in the minors will certainly get José García noticed. The 22-year-old already has the ability to field the position defensively, but he was outmatched at the plate. If García shows the can hit at the highest level, his ascension to the bigs could come quicker than some fans and pundits may think.