Joey Votto

3 Reds players who could replace injured star Joey Votto at first base

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) looks on.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) looks on. / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Joey Votto's 2022 season is over. The six-time All-Star will be undergoing shoulder surgery this Friday to repair a torn rotator cuff. This will inevitably see Votto wind up on the 60-day IL and the Cincinnati Reds will need to find a new first baseman.

It's a disappointing end to a disappointing season for Joey Votto. The former MVP had his worst statistical season since 2018 and had a few stints on the IL prior to Wednesday's news. Votto was barely hitting above the Mendoza line and had seen his career batting average dip below .300. The 38-year-old had 11 home runs on the season.

On Wednesday afternoon versus the Philadelphia Phillies, David Bell decided to go with utility infielder Matt Reynolds at first base. It worked, but that may not be the most realistic option going forward. Reynolds had not started a game at first base since 2017 with the New York Mets.

Brandon Drury now plays for the San Diego Padres and Mike Moustakas, who's subbed for Joey Votto several times this season, is currently rehabbing from a calf injury. Those two were the players that Bell typically turned to when Votto needed a day off. With that in mind, which three players could take over for the injured Votto at first base?

1. Reds minor leaguer Colin Moran could replace Joey Votto at first base.

Fans will not like hearing this at all, but the most realistic option to replace Joey Votto at first base might be Colin Moran. The former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman was designated for assignment earlier this season, but accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville after clearing waivers.

Moran has played 47 games at Louisville this season and is hitting .260/.332/.432 with six home runs and 23 RBIs. Moran is still striking out about once every four at-bats but has posted a wRC+ of 104 according to FanGraphs.

Colin Moran is not the name that most Reds fans want to hear, but the reality is that the veteran is playing well enough in the minors to deserve a call-up. If the Cincinnati Reds front office wants to add a veteran presence to the clubhouse, look for Moran to get the call.