Predicting the Reds 2023 Triple-A lineup with Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
2 of 3

Predicting the Reds 2023 Triple-A lineup

4. Allan Cerda (RF): Allan Cerda was added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster during the 2021-22 offseason. But too many strikeouts last season doomed the outfield prospect's chances of sticking around and Cerda was non-tendered last fall.

But Cerda signed a minor-league deal this past offseason and showed off some of his power during Cactus League play. Cerda has a good knack for taking pitches, but sometimes he can be too patient. Look for the 23-year-old to be an everyday player for the Bats in 2023.

5. Jason Vosler (DH): The Reds inked Jason Vosler to a minor-league deal this offseason with hopes of the former San Francisco Giants infielder of being a left-handed contributor off the bench.

Volser hasn't looked the part this spring, and while he's still part of major-league camp, all signs point to the 29-year-old beginning the season in the minor leauges. Not being part of the Reds 40-man roster, Vosler could reject the assignment, but that seems a bit foolish with the inexperience across Cincinnati's infield and the lack of left-handed hitters.

6. TJ Hopkins (LF): I'm not yet sold that Henry Ramos will be designated for assignment. If he is, and accepts an assignment to Triple-A Louisville, look for the 30-year-old to find his way into the Louisville Bats starting lineup.

If not, the job could fall to TJ Hopkins. After the season he had in the minor leagues a year ago, it was a little surprising that Hopkins wasn't added to the 40-man roster this past offseason. Hopkins slugged .458 and launched 21 big flies between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville.