5. Joey Votto will lead the Reds in OPS during the 2022 season.
Batting average is no longer the best way to evaluate a player's performance. Heck, even on-base percentage doesn't do a player any justice in today's game. While those statistics are not bad, the best barometer right now might be on-base percentage plus slugging (OPS).
OPS and OPS+ have made their way into the mainstream and now found on virtually every broadcast and scoreboard throughout Major League Baseball. Last season, Jesse Winker led the way for the Cincinnati Reds with a .949 OPS. Nick Castellanos wasn't far behind with an OPS of .939. Joey Votto finished third on the team with a .938 OPS, just one point behind Castellanos.
I expect Votto to be in the mix again this season, and in fact, look for the former MVP to be the team-leader in that category. While Votto's on-base percentage took slight hit last season, he still got on base over 37% of the time.
While Votto may be standing up taller and swinging harder, he still maintained a good OBP. That, coupled with the increased power we saw from Votto last season is good reason to assume the 38-year-old still has enough left in the tank.
Jonathan India will certainly be battling with Joey Votto all season for the team-lead in both on-base percentage and OPS. Mike Moustakas doesn't draw enough walks to find himself in the mix. Tommy Pham will be an interesting name to watch in the OPS department. The right-handed hitting outfielder has a career-OPS of .810. A lot may depend on how he hits at Great American Ball Park.