5 Reds players who had success after switching positions

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips
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4. Former Reds catcher Joey Votto had success after switching to first base.

Multiple times over his career, the Cincinnati Reds have been in a situation where they might need to use their emergency catcher. Thankfully, Cincinnati has never had to turn to Joey Votto, though the former NL MVP was originally drafted as a catcher.

Shortly after Votto was drafted in 2002, he began to see time at different positions. Votto spent time in the Gulf Coast League playing catcher, third base, and in the outfield. Votto made the permanent switch from catcher to first baseman during the 2003, and outside of a few trips to the corner outfield in Triple-A during the 2007 season, he's never really left that spot.

While most Reds fans probably won't remember, during Votto's first taste of the big leagues, he saw some time in the Cincinnati outfield. In 2007, Votto started six games in left field while Scott Hatteberg was still manning first base.

During those six games, Votto committed one error while playing left field, but otherwise has a relatively spotless resumé as an outfielder.

Joey Votto is sure to be the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, and many will make his case for Cooperstown as well once his career comes to a close. But very few will remember that Votto was originally drafted as a backstop. Votto does have once Gold Glove to his credit as a first baseman.