2. Reds outfielder TJ Friedl could replace Jesse Winker in LF.
We only saw a glimpse of what TJ Friedl was capable of in Cincinnati Reds uniform last season. A longtime prospect in the Cincinnati organization, Friedl appeared in 14 games last season and only garnered 36 plate appearances. Friedl's first hit, however, was a home run.
There's a lot to like about TJ Friedl's game. He's kind of a jack-of-all-trades type of player. Think Kyle Farmer, only as an outfielder. You're not going to get many balls past Friedl in the outfield, as the 26-year-old has ridiculous speed. Speaking of which, Friedl can use that quickness on the base paths and has recorded double-digit steals in each of his minor league seasons.
Friedl has sneaky power as well. In 112 games at Triple-A Louisville last season, Friedl launched 12 round trippers, picked up 15 doubles, and five triples as well. Friedl posted a .264/.357/.422 slash line for the Louisville Bats last season and had a wRC+ of 111.
Is TJ Friedl and everyday player? Well, that's going to be the question heading into the 2022 season. I believe Friedl has the makeup to be an everyday centerfielder, as teams will oftentimes sacrifice power for defense up the middle. But typically, organizations want a player who can club 30-plus home runs playing the corners in the outfield. Funny, it seems like they had that with Jesse Winker.