4 biggest surprises on the Cincinnati Reds 2022 Opening Day roster

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Hunter Greene (21) delivers during a spring training game.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Hunter Greene (21) delivers during a spring training game. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) slides into third base ahead of tag from Brandon Drury.
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) slides into third base ahead of tag from Brandon Drury. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

3. Brandon Drury, Reds infielder

Brandon Drury making the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster has more to do with insane amount of injuries the team has suffered this spring rather than his performance on the field. That said, Drury has performed well in Cactus League play this spring.

The former New York Mets infielder has hit .400/.526/.800 this spring, so even if the Reds were fully healthy across the infield, Drury would certainly be in the conversation for a spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

With Donovan Solano (hamstring) and Jose Barrero (hand) slated to begin the 2022 season on the Injured List, David Bell has an incredibly short bench. While Colin Moran can play both first and third base, Drury is one of the few players on the Cincinnati roster who can backup Kyle Farmer at shortstop. While his experience at the position is limited, it's better than nothing.

How long will Brandon Drury last on the Reds roster? That's anyone's guess, but if he plays well enough, the 29-year-old could stick longer than most fans assume. In 51 games with the Mets last season, Drury hit .274/.307/.476 with four round trippers and an OPS+ of 112.