5 Reds players who had success after switching positions

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips / Matt Brown/GettyImages
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2. Former Reds shortstop Brandon Phillips had success after switching to second base.

For years, Brandon Phillips was a fan favorite in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Phillips was known for his impactful smile and incredible defense at second base. But Phillips wasn't always a second baseman.

Because Phillips spent his entire Reds career and almost his entire major league career at the keystone, many Reds fans don't know that he originally came up as a shortstop.

In fact, Phillips appeared at second base just 14 times in the minor leagues before his first stint in the majors in 2002. While part of the then-Cleveland Indians organization, Phillips made the switch to second base in 2003.

This position change worked out incredibly for the Reds. Phillips was traded to Cincinnati from Cleveland in 2006 for a player to be named later. Phillips played in over 1800 games at second base, logging nearly 16,000 innings in total. During the entirety of his career with the Reds, Phillips would only find his way back to shortstop on the rarest of occasions.

Brandon Phillips played 11 years in the Cincinnati Reds organization, where he won four Gold Gloves while playing second base. Phillips added three All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger Award during his time in the Queen City.