Reds power rankings: Who is the best outfielder heading into the offseason?

The Reds received tremendous contributions from their outfielders in 2023.

Cincinnati Reds outfielders Jake Fraley, TJ Friedl, and Will Benson
Cincinnati Reds outfielders Jake Fraley, TJ Friedl, and Will Benson / Jeff Dean/GettyImages
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3. Jake Fraley, Reds outfielder

It's hard to appropriately slot Jake Fraley when it comes to the other outfielders on the Cincinnati Reds roster because of the injury that limited him over the final month of the season. But Fraley was a solid contributor and leader this past season.

Fraley had a good, but not great season, and there is one stat that really sticks out. For all the homers that Fraley mashed in 2023, the 27-year-old had one of the lowest exit velocities and lowest hard-hit rates in the game according to Baseball Savant.

But Fraley was still able to have success at the plate because of a higher-than-average line drive-rate (25.9-percent) and a very low strikeout-rate (18.7-percent). Fraley's walk-rate dropped a touch in 2023, but at 9.7-percent, it's still better than league average.

Fraley became a victim of the dreaded platoon system that Reds fans hate so much. And while Fraley was limited to facing mostly right-handed pitchers, when he did get the chance against southpaws (.147/.268/.235), it usually didn't end well.

Jake Fraley will be slotted as the team's right fielder against right-handed pitchers heading into the offseason. The Cincinnati Reds would do well to find a right-handed hitting outfielder to pair with Fraley for the 2024 season.