5 Reds players who are putting up eye-catching numbers this spring

These numbers will grab your attention.

Cincinnati Reds catcher Luke Maile rounds the bases
Cincinnati Reds catcher Luke Maile rounds the bases / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Luke Maile leads the Reds in slugging percentage

Move over CES, there's a new slugger in town. Luke Maile has brought the lumber to the yard this summer, and the Cincinnati faithful are hopeful that the catcher's newfound power is something that carries over to the regular season.

Maile owns a 1.045 slugging percentage. Read that again. That's not Maile's OPS, but his slugging percentage. The veteran backstop is 8-for-16 this spring and more than half of Maile's hits have gone for extra bases. Add in Tyler Stephenson's .853 OPS, and the Reds might have a pair of boppers behind the plate in 2024.

Reds slugger Christian Encarnacion-Strand has three triples this spring

Raise your hand if you thought Christian Encarnacion-Strand would be leading the Reds in triples this spring. Anyone with their hand up is lying. Reds fans would've believed that De La Cruz, Stuart Fairchild, or one of the other burners on this year's team would be leading the way with triples, but it's CES.

Encarnacion-Strand has that same type of insane power that De La Cruz possess. When most fans think of CES, they think homers, not triples. But if Encarnacion-Strand has those types of wheels, then the rest of the league just got put on notice.

According to Baseball Savant, Encarnacion-Strand's sprint speed (27.6 ft/ sec.) was in the middle of the pack in 2023. So while Encarnacion-Strand may not have blazing speed, he still leads the team in an a rather unique category for a player with his raw talents.