3 Reds who've exceeded expectations through 50 games and 3 who've fallen short

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Reds OF Wil Myers has fallen short of expectations through 50 games in 2023.

Wil Myers was the biggest name that the Cincinnati Reds brought in during free agency this offseason. Given that the team is in the midst of a rebuild and is counting on production from their young prospects, you understand why the Reds weren't going to spend big during the winter.

But Myers has been woeful during his time in the Queen City. The idea of Myers having success in the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park and GM Nick Krall flipping the former San Diego Padres slugger at the deadline seems like one that might need to be abandoned.

Myers has been abysmal through the first 50 games of the 2023 season. The 32-year-old did have a bout with an illness, but even before that, Myers was not living up to the billing. Currently, Myers has a strikeout-rate above 35-percent, though it feels like he's swinging and missing more frequently than that.

There's going to be questions, as the summer heats up, as to how long the Cincinnati Reds will continue shuttling Myers out onto the field every day. Players like T.J. Hopkins are tearing up the minors, and once the likes of Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand make their big league debuts, those two will be stealing at-bats from somebody.

The best thing the Reds could hope for is for Myers to get white-hot over the next few weeks. If an outfield needy team comes calling around July, the Reds should take what they can get. Wil Myers, a free agent to-be, will not be back with the Reds in 2024.

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