Reds 2024 Opening Day roster projection 1.0: Unexpected shakeup in starting rotation

Which 26 players will leave Goodyear bound for Cincinnati?

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz catches a throw
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz catches a throw / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Reds Opening Day outfield (4)

  • Jake Fraley
  • Spencer Steer
  • TJ Friedl
  • Will Benson

The Cincinnati Reds outfield is all but set in stone. Of course there can be injuries, and don't be shocked if Blake Dunn or Conner Capel show some flashes during Cactus League play, but it's going to be hard to unseat the four players already in line to open the season in the Cincinnati outfield.

Will Benson and Jake Fraley will undoubtedly split time between right field and DH. Fraley limped to the end of his 2023 season after suffering a toe injury late in the year that really limited his effectiveness over the final of the season. Benson could be in line for a breakout season in 2024.

TJ Friedl will be the Reds everyday centerfielder. Captain Chaos earned that spot after being a disruptor during the 2023 season. Friedl had opposing infielders on their toes, as they had no idea whether or not he was going to lay down a bunt or smack a line drive over their heads.

Spencer Steer will reportedly still see some innings on the infield dirt, but it would appear as though last year's rookie will be in the left field for the majority of his starts in 2024. Steer can play almost any position, but with so many infielders on the roster, left field offers him the best opportunity to be in the lineup every day.

Stuart Fairchild, just like the aforementioned Jose Barrero, is out of minor-league options. Fairchild will competing with the likes of Barrero, Nick Martini, and Josh Harrison for that final spot on the Reds Opening Day roster. The one thing working in his favor is the ability to play center field. At the moment, he may be on the outside looking in, but a strong spring could solidify his roster spot.