3 Reds infielders that should consider a switch to the outfield

Cincinnati Reds non-roster invitee infielder Matt McLain.
Cincinnati Reds non-roster invitee infielder Matt McLain. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. Reds SS Elly De La Cruz should be moved to the outfield.

There's bound to be a lot of pushback at the idea of moving the team's No. 1 prospect from, arguably, the most valuable defensive position on the field, to the outfield. But there's plenty of merit to the idea of moving Elly De La Cruz away from shortstop.

For starters, De La Cruz stands 6-foot-5. That's gigantic for a shortstop. Occasionally, as is the case with players like Carlos Correa and Oneil Cruz, you'll see a shortstop that's 6-foot-4 or taller, but that's definitely not the norm.

Second, while De La Cruz is seen by a lot of scouts as a potential five-tool player, his offensive skillset is what's going to propel him to the major leagues. The Cincinnati Reds have better defensive shortstops, namely Edwin Arroyo, currently in the farm system.

De La Cruz is one of the most gifted athletes in the entire Reds pipeline, and if there's any player that would take the challenge of a position change and use it as motivation to get to the big leagues even quicker, it's De La Cruz.

Elly De La Cruz has only played on the infield dirt since becoming a professional baseball player. But if the Cincinnati Reds were able to transform a player with De La Cruz's potential into a capable outfielder, they'd have something special brewing in the Queen City.

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