2 Reds players who will breakout in 2023 and 1 who will continue to struggle

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Spencer Steer.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Spencer Steer. / Albert Cesare/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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It's a new year, and with it, comes new expectations. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of expectations being heaped onto the Cincinnati Reds in 2023. The club has embraced a full-on rebuild, and while it'll be interesting to see a lot of new, young faces, the harsh reality is that the Reds are likely to struggle in 2023.

With so many new players likely to find their way onto the field next season, the opportunity for breakout performances will something to keep an eye on. Last year, Alexis Diaz burst onto the scene and asserted himself as the Reds closer heading into 2023.

This upcoming season is sure to be filled with players who take the bull by the horns and others who continue to be mired in mediocrity. Which two Reds players are poised to have a breakout campaign in 2023 and which player will continue to underperform?

Reds infielder Spencer Steer will breakout in 2023.

If there's one player who stands to benefit greatly from the absence of Kyle Farmer and Mike Moustakas, it's Spencer Steer. The Cincinnati Reds traded Farmer to the Minnesota Twins and designated Moustakas for assignment late last year, essentially paving the way for Steer to become the everyday starter at third base.

While Steer has the ability to play all over the infield, with Jonathan India locked in at second base and a shortstop battle between Jose Barrero and Kevin Newman is sure to be on the horizon once spring training begins, the former Twins prospect will likely be slotted at the hot corner.

The Reds have begun to transition Noelvi Marte from shortstop to third base. However, Marte is unlikely to find his way to The Show in 2023, so competition for the starting spot at third base could be virutally nonexistant next season.

Spencer Steer received a cup of coffee in the big leagues last season and is bat-first prospect who has developed some power over his last two seasons in the minors. His defensive versatility will also help him to find a place in David Bell's lineup almost every day next season.