2. Reds IF/ OF Wil Myers needs to have a better month in May.
Wil Myers was the Cincinnati Reds "major" free agent signing this past offseason. Myers was supposed to be a middle-of-the-order bat that manager David Bell could rely to drive in some runs.
Currently, Myers is on the IL without designation. When he'll be back is anyone's guess, but there've been no reports that he's expected to take an extended leave of absence. When Myers returns to the Reds lineup, the team needs him to produce.
This year's Reds team, until they call up Matt McLain, Elly De La Cruz, or Christian Encarnacion-Strand, is not going to hit for much power. Myers is the exception, however, and Cincinnati is depending on the slugger to provide 20 or more dingers in 2023.
At the moment, Myers is hitting just .222/.292/.321 with only two doubles and two home runs. Myers is seventh on the team in doubles and his .613 OPS ranks 11th. Henry Ramos has outplayed Myers to this point in the season, and when the former San Diego Padre returns, it'll likely be as a first baseman.
Wil Myers may find the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park much more condusive to his hitting style once the weather begins to warm up. Cincinnati needs Myers to provide some pop in the middle of the lineup.