4 Reds who could start at third base after trading Eugenio Suárez to the Mariners

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Kyle Farmer, left, talks with Cincinnati Reds third baseman.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Kyle Farmer, left, talks with Cincinnati Reds third baseman. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer via Imagn
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Cincinnati Reds right fielder Max Schrock (32) catches a line drive off.
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Max Schrock (32) catches a line drive off. / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,

3. Max Schrock could play 3B for the Reds in 2022.

As an everyday third baseman, Max Schrock would not get the job done. But don't be shocked if Schrock snags a start once or twice a week. The absence of Jesse Winker's left-handed bat and the loss of Eugenio Suárez's defense at the hot corner is sure to allow Schrock to the see the field more often in 2022.

Prior to the trade, I questioned whether or not Schrock would even make the Opening Day roster. Now, I feel more confident than ever that he will. Not only will Schrock make the roster, but he'll find a way to sneak into the lineup on a regular basis as well.

Other than left field, where he saw action in 23 games last season, third base was Schrock's most prolific position. The 27-year-old played nine games at third base, eight at second base, five at first base, and one in right field. Schrock is an incredibly versatile defender.

The problem is, while Max Schrock gets on base at nice clip, he lacks the power that typically accompanies a team's everyday third baseman. In 134 plate appearances, Schrock had just three homers but kept his strikeout-rate below 18%. Look for Schrock to see some time at third base, but in small doses.