2. Outfielder Blake Dunn could sneak onto the Reds 2024 Opening Day roster
The chances of this actually happening would seem slim, but Blake Dunn has been counted out since he was drafted. The Western Michigan product was a 15th-round draft pick in 2021, but overcame the odds and is knocking on the door of the big leagues.
Make no mistake, Dunn will be in The Show at some point next season. That's not up for debate. The outfield prospect did enough this past season to turn heads, and Dunn will be one of handful of prospects who'll have a chance to make a run at the Opening Day roster.
Dunn is a right-handed hitter; something that will work in his favor. The majority of Cincinnati's outfield is comprised of left-handed bats. TJ Friedl, Will Benson, and Jake Fraley all bat from the left side. And while most Reds fans assume that the versatile Spencer Steer will take to left field like a duck to water, some questions still remain about his defensive abilities in the outfield.
Dunn is able to play all three outfield spots and could be a fantastic platoon option to pair with Benson and Fraley in right field. After bidding farewell to Nick Senzel earlier this offseason, the Reds are little light in terms of right-handed platoon outfielders.
Stuart Fairchild will be Dunn's biggest competition this spring. Fairchild is out of minor-league options, and with Dunn having never played above Double-A, it's quite likely that the 25-year-old will begin the 2024 season at Triple-A Louisville. But if Dunn puts on a show in spring training similar to what fans saw from Benson a year ago, manager David Bell may have no choice.