2 Reds players moving up the depth chart and 2 moving down

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alex Young
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With this year's Cincinnati Reds roster, the depth chart is going to be ever-changing. One week, a certain player may be riding a hot streak only to fall into a slump just a few days later. That's baseball.

Just last year, Brandon Drury used a hot-start to propel him to a career-year and land a multi-year contract the Los Angeles Angels this past winter. TJ Friedl needed a reset in Triple-A after a rough start to begin his 2022 campaign got him sent back to the minors after about month-and-a-half in the big leagues.

After starting the season at 4-5, it may be a good time to take a look at which two players are moving up the depth chart, and which two players are tumbling down. Seeing as how several Reds players are currently rehabbing in Triple-A, if you're in the latter category, you should be worried.

Reds outfielder TJ Friedl is moving up the depth chart.

Speaking of TJ Friedl, the outfielder isn't off to a slow start in 2023. Friedl has been, arguably, the Cincinnati Reds best player since Opening Day. The strikeouts have been a little higher than you'd like to see, but other than that, there's not much to complain about. Friedl is 10-for-32 with four extra-base hits.

Friedl has had success, not just against right-handed pitching, but manager David Bell is giving the 27-year-old at-bats against southpaws as well. Friedl has consistently been batting just behind leadoff hitter Jonathan India when there's a right-hander on the bump and further down in the lineup when a left-hander is toeing the rubber.

Not only has Friedl showed off some power, but he's also been extremely sneaking and laid down a few bunt base hits as well. This combination has to be nightmarish for opposing mangers, as it's nearly impossbile to game-plan for a hitter like Friedl.

TJ Friedl was a fringe roster player prior to spring training, but has turned himself into a rather indespinnsable piece of this year's team. Friedl has surged up the depth chart and will things tough on Nick Senzel to find an everyday role when he returns from the IL.