The Cincinnati Reds have made some big changes over the past few days. With the trade deadline now behind us, Reds fans have a better idea of what their favorite team might look like over the final two months of the 2022 season.
Predictably, starers Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle were traded. The Reds also dealt Brandon Drury, Tyler Naquin, and Tommy Pham prior to Tuesday's deadline. In return, Cincinnati received several young, talented prospects.
But with the aforementioned Drury, Pham, and Naquin now playing for contenders, the Reds have some holes in their lineup that will have to be filled. What might the Cincinnati Reds starting lineup look like over the remainder of the season?
1. Jonathan India, Reds second baseman
Don't look for much to change at the top the Cincinnati Reds lineup. Jonathan India returned from the Injured List several weeks ago, and the 25-year-old is finally starting to look like the reigning National League Rookie of the Year.
India began the season rather slowly, was hampered by a hamstring injury, and eventually wound up on the IL for about six weeks. A healthy Jonathan India atop the Cincinnati lineup is essential for success in 2022 and beyond.
2. Kyle Farmer, Reds shortstop
Brandon Drury is now a member of the San Diego Padres and his spot in the Cincinnati lineup will need to be filled. On Tuesday night versus the Miami Marlins, David Bell chose to go with Nick Senzel. That's an interesting choice seeing how well he's hit when he's further down in the batting order.
Kyle Farmer has done his job this season, but Jose Barrero has just been called up to the big leagues. It'll be interesting to see how this play out. Farmer is not your typical No. 2 hitter, but nothing about this Reds lineup is typical.
3. Donovan Solano, Reds third baseman
Tommy Pham had been Cincinnati's No. 3 batter throughout the entire season, but the outfielder is now off to Beantown with aspirations of helping the Boston Red Sox reach the postseason. Pham's spot will have to be filled by somebody, and Donovan Solano has been one of the better Reds hitters of late.
It was mildly surprising to see Solano on the Reds roster after the deadline. There were likely teams that inquired, but none with offers that overwhelmed Nick Krall enough to pull the trigger. Solano could be one of the bright spots over the final two months of the season.