2 reasons Jose Barrero should be the Reds starting shortstop and 1 reason he shouldn't

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Well, it finally happened. It took a little longer than expected, but it finally happened. The Cincinnati Reds recalled Jose Barrero to the major leagues, and in his first game back he'll be starting at shortstop.

There has been a debate for quite some time among the Reds fanbase as to who should be Cincinnati's starting shortstop; Jose Barrero or Kyle Farmer? There was expected to be an open competition between the two this spring, but a wrist injury forced Barrero onto the 60-day IL and Farmer was the Reds Opening Day shortstop.

But here we are, with the trade deadline having passed, and Barrero is in the starting lineup in the Cincinnati Reds series finale agains the Miami Marlins. To be fair, Farmer's last off-day was July 28th and he was hit-by-pitch twice on Tuesday evening.

But David Bell has options, and the Reds coaches and front office have an obligation to the organization and Jose Barrero to let him play over the final two months of the season. Let's look at two reasons why Barrero should be the Reds starting shortstop and one reason why he shouldn't.

The Reds need to discover whether or not Jose Barrero can hit at the major league level.

It's a very lazy narrative to say that Jose Barrero cannot hit at the major league level. He's never been given the opportunity. Barrero has a grand total of 117 major league at-bats. That's it. Furthermore, 67 of those came during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season before Barrero had even set foot on a Double-A ball field.

That means that Barrero legitimately has 50 major league at-bats. During those 50 ABs, Barrero hit .200/.286/.320 with five extra base hits. Let's also not forget that so many of those came while Barrero was also playing out of position in the outfield and getting inconsistent reps.

If you're expecting a .300 hitter in his first big league action while also trying to learn how to play center field, you're fooling yourself. Barrero made five starts in the outfield, one at second base, and seven at shortstop.

The Cincinnati Reds need to commit to putting Jose Barrero into the lineup on a regular basis, at his regular position, and give him regular at-bats. Quite frankly he should be hitting right behind Jonathan India in the No. 2 hole so as to give him as many opportunities as possible, but that's not essential. The bottom line is, Barrero has to be in the everyday lineup, otherwise why did the Reds call him up?