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

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
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Predicting the Reds 2023 Triple-A lineup

7. Alejo Lopez (3B): Third base is not Alejo Lopez's strong suit, but the former 27th-round draft pick can field the position. With Matt McLain seeing time at the keystone, inserting Lopez at the hot corner is the easiest way to get his bat into the everyday lineup.

Lopez has done nothing but hit since making his way to the big leagues in 2021. Lopez is never going to crush 20-plus homers in a season, but if the 26-year-old continues to play up to the best of his abilities, he could earn another shot in the majors.

8. Chuckie Robinson (C): There's a chance that both Chuckie Robinson and Austin Romine are outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. But with more experience under his belt, Romine may choose to latch on with another club.

Robinson is one injury away from making it back to The Show, and after the Reds went through seven backstops in 2022, his best chance of doing that may be to play out the 2023 season in the Derby City.

9. Michael Siani (CF): All Michael Siani needs to do in order to make it back to the major leagues is prove that he can hit. Siani doesn't even need to post a batting average above .240. His speed and ability to draw walks will be more than enough to raise his on-base percentage to .320 or higher.

With the type of defense that Siani plays, plus the way his speed can impact the game, reaching base 3 out of 10 times might be enough for him to be a regular in David Bell's lineup. But he has to prove himself at Triple-A before being recalled to the Cincinnati Reds 26-man roster.

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