The Cincinnati Reds had a lot rookies on the field in 2022. While none ultimately took home the Rookie of the Year trophy, reliever Alexis Diaz did receive some recognition and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting.
The year before, Jonathan India came out of nowhere to land a spot on the Reds Opening Day roster and went on to win the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year Award.
With the Reds in midst of rebuild, chances are good that a number of talented prospects will make their debut in 2023. Which three Cincinnati Reds players should already be in the mix for the 2023 NL Rookie of the Year conversation?
Reds SS Elly De La Cruz should already be in the 2023 NL Rookie of the Year conversation.
One of the most electric prospect in all of the minor leagues last season was Elly De La Cruz. The highest-rated prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system was recently added to the team's 40-man roster and it seems like only a matter of time before the 21-year-old make his major league debut.
De La Cruz abuse opposing pitchers last season. The switch-hitting shortstop posted a slash line of .304/.359/.586 with 28 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 47 stolen bases. De La Cruz did post a strikeout-rate around 30.0%, but other than that, every aspect of his game appears ready for the major leagues.
It would appear, however, that the Reds front office would like for De La Cruz to receive some more seasoning in the minors before making the leap to the big leagues. So, unless De La Cruz hits the cover off the ball during spring training, chances are good that his 2023 season will begin in either Double-A Chattanooga or Triple-A Louisville.
That said, Elly De La Cruz is a force to be reckoned with and could make his way to the major leagues rather quickly. If De La Cruz is on the 26-man roster by June, there's a very good chance that he could make a run at the 2023 Rookie of the Year Award.