4. Jake Fraley will lead the Reds in stolen bases during the 2022 season.
The Cincinnati Reds appear to be more committed than ever to the stolen base heading into the 2022 season; at least during David Bell's tenure as manager anyway. It should come as no surprise with the absence of Nick Castellano, Eugenio Suárez, and Jesse Winker that the Reds skipper is looking for alternative ways to score runs.
That means Reds fans can look forward to more action on the base paths; something I'm very excited to see. Cincinnati stole just 36 bases in 2021, which was the lowest among any team in Major League Baseball. The Reds were also gunned down 24 times, meaning their 60% success-rate was also last among every team in the majors last season.
Thank goodness for Jake Fraley. One of the newest members of your Redlegs has excellent speed, and when he's in the game, you can bet that the 26-year-old will be off to the races. Fraley swiped 10 bags last season for the Seattle Mariners, which is two less than Jonathan India recorded for the Cincinnati Reds.
I'm thinking that we'll see Fraley running early and often in 2022. The outfielder will draw a lot of starts versus right-handed pitching, and could be a late-inning pinch runner as well. I think we'll see Fraley swipe 20-plus bases in 2022.
Other to keep an eye on would of course be India. Pitchers will keep a close watch on last year's Rookie of the Year when he's aboard. Nick Senzel has the speed to snag an extra base and so does Tommy Pham. If TJ Friedl gets enough playing time, he'll enter the conversation as well, but it looks as though the speedster will begin the 2022 at Triple-A Louisville.