3 Reds players who will have a career-year in 2023

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Jake Fraley (27) prepress to bat.
Cincinnati Reds left fielder Jake Fraley (27) prepress to bat. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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The Cincinnati Reds will enter the 2023 season with little-to-no expectations of competing for a division title. Cincinnati made it to the postseason in the abbreviated 2020 season, but any thought of making it to the playoffs will likely be on hold until, at least, the 2024 season.

Still, there is a lot to look forward to with the upcoming season. The Reds are stacked with young talent and several players will be looking to make their way to The Show in 2023.

There are also a handful of experienced major leaguers on the squad who may be in line for a career-year next season. Which three Cincinnati Reds players could post their best numbers ever in 2023?

1. Reds C Curt Casali will have a career-year in 2023.

The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a one-year contract with former catcher Curt Casali last week. While Casali now becomes the third catcher on the Reds 40-man roster, he'll likely be Tyler Stephenson's primary backup behind the plate.

Moreover, there's a strong possibility that Joey Votto may not be 100% healthy by the time Opening Day rolls around. With both Mike Moustakas and Kyle Farmer no longer on the roster, Stephenson may see a lot more time at first base in 2023.

With that being the case, Casali will see his fair share of starts behind the dish. During three seasons in Cincinnati, Casali totaled 167 games and slashed .260/.345/.440. From 2021-2022, Casali's two home ballparks were not nearly as hitter-friendly as GABP. Casali posted a slash line of just .207/.315/.342 while playing for the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.

A return to Great American Ball Park should help Curt Casali bolster his offensive stats. While it's unfair to refer Casail as QB1, fans should expect to see the 34-year-old as the team's starting catcher at least three times per week. That increased playing time could easily result in a career-year for Casali.