Will Jake Fraley play the unsung hero for the Reds vs. Braves' Charlie Morton?

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley (27) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring a run.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley (27) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring a run. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Last night, Brandon Drury came up big for the Cincinnati Reds last night. In the sixth inning, with two outs and runners on first and second, Drury sent a 2-2 slider from Atlanta Braves reliever Collin McHugh over the wall in left field. The 3-run round tripper put the Redlegs up 6-1.

Drury drew the start at third base and was batting ninth. Tonight, versus Braves right-hander starter Charlie Morton, Mike Moustakas will be playing the hot corner and Jake Fraley will be playing right field and hitting ninth in David Bell's lineup.

Bell spoke about his desire to keep the batting order relatively the same night-in and night-out, and replaced his two-hole hitter Aristides Aquino with designated hitter Tyler Naquin. Will Fraley have a Drury-like impact on tonight's game versus Atlanta?

Can Jake Fraley be a difference maker for the Reds vs. the Braves?

Jake Fraley had a very productive spring for the Cincinnati Reds. The left-handed hitting outfielder slashed .296/.412/.407 with five RBIs and four stolen bases in 11 Cactus League games. With Fraley hitting ninth, should the 27-year-old got on base, the speedster will be on ahead of Jonathan India, Tyler Naquin, Tommy Pham, and Joey Votto.

Fraley absolutely raked versus right-handed pitchers, posting an OPS of .815 with eight of his nine homers coming off right-handers. Fraley's 17.8% walk-rate against right-handed pitchers is quite remarkable. Given India's typically high OBP, the bases could be juiced when Naquin steps into the batters box tonight.

This may well be David Bell's starting lineup over the next several days as right-hander Kyle Wright will take the mound on Saturday night for Atlanta. On Sunday, right-handed starter Ian Anderson will toe the rubber for the Braves.

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With Naquin acting as the Cincinnati Reds DH, one would think that Bell values Fraley's defense more than the former Cleveland outfielder. While that may be the case, it's not as if Naquin is a bad defender and there could be occasions this season when he or Fraley replace Nick Senzel in center field or Tommy Pham in left.