5 overreactions to first week of Reds' spring training: Frankie Montas is Cincy's ace

With the return of baseball comes many overreactions.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Frankie Montas (47) throws in the bullpen during spring training workouts.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Frankie Montas (47) throws in the bullpen during spring training workouts. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Reds OF Will Benson will be an All-Star in 2024

Will Benson took off last season. After struggling during his first stint with the club, a trip back to the minors led to a breakout season of sorts for the former Cleveland Guardians farmhand. Benson showed power, speed, and solid glove in the outfield.

So far this spring, it's been more of the same from the 25-year-old. Benson has hit the ball well thus far and showed off his wheels on the base paths. The Reds outfielder looks as if he could be building toward something special.

But let's pump the brakes before we roll out the Benson will be an All-Star talk. Though he showed flashes last season, the towering outfielder still struck out over 30% of the time and struggled when facing left-handed pitching. At the moment, Benson is still likely to be a platoon option, and not many of those players find their way to the Midsummer Classic.

That's not to say that Benson can't achieve such greatness in 2024. If there's one thing the former first-round pick showed in 2023, it's that you'd better not count him out. There was a stretch during last season when Benson was swinging the bat better than anyone on Cincinnati's roster.

Look for Will Benson to have a bigger role in 2024, and perhaps Reds manager David Bell will even give the left-handed hitting slugger some opportunities against southpaws. But until Benson become a regular in the Reds lineup, it's tough to see him actually receive All-Star consideration.