3 center field replacements if Nick Senzel is not ready for Reds Opening Day

Cincinnati Reds center fielder TJ Friedl (29).
Cincinnati Reds center fielder TJ Friedl (29). / The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY
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3. Will Benson could replace Nick Senzel in the Reds Opening Day lineup.

No, don't expect to see Michael Siani on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. One of the team's top outfield prospects, Siani could still use some more seasoning down on the farm before coming back to the big leagues in 2023.

But Will Benson, one of the Reds offseason additions, could find time in center field during the 2023 season. Benson was traded from the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for outfield prospect Justin Boyd whom Cincinnati selected with the 73rd pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Benson has massive power and could certainly add some thump to what is a lineup that is certainly lacking in that department. Outside of free agent signee Wil Myers, one could argue that there are no other power-bats in the Cincinnati lineup.

Benson, however, was launching balls out of the stadium left and right for Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate last season. In 89 games with the Columbus Clippers, Benson slugged .522 and mashed 17 round trippers.

Will Benson has the versatility to play all three outfield spots, but don't discount the 24-year-old's ability to play up the middle. Though Benson is 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, he still has enough speed and more than enough arm strength to play center field.

This could be Nick Senzel's final season in a Cincinnati Reds uniform if the University of Tennessee alum is unable to find his rhythm early and often in 2023. Senzel has made some adjustments to his batting stance and is hopeful that he's full-go on March 30th. But, if not, the Reds have some contingency plans in place.

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