Predicting the Reds starting lineup versus right-handed pitchers

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley / Justin Berl/GettyImages
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Predicting the Reds starting lineup vs. right-handed pitchers

4. Jake Fraley, RF

This is where things get interesting. Jake Fraley proved to be a fine addition to the Cincinnati Reds in 2022. Part of the deal that sent Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to the Seattle Mariners, Fraley is the perfect platoon outfielder.

Fraley raked against right-handed pitching in 2022 and the Reds are hoping for more of the same during the upcoming season. With Wil Myers occupying first base in his scenario, right field feels like a good fit for Fraley.

5. Spencer Steer, 3B

Spencer Steer was a key acquisition at last year's trade deadline and by all accounts, it appears as though David Bell and his coaching staff will look to the former Minnesota Twins prospect to be the Cincinnati Reds everyday third baseman.

Steer has the ability to play all over the infield, so don't rule out the 25-year-old giving Jonathan India the occasional day off at the keystone. Steer will likely settle into a spot somewhere in the middle of the Reds batting order.

6. Will Benson, CF

Will Benson seems to be nice pickup on the part of Reds GM Nick Krall. The team acquired Benson from the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for last year's draft pick Justin Boyd.

Benson has huge power and a ton of speed. Look for the left-handed batter to ride the bench when a southpaw is on the bump, but Bell will likely go to Benson early and often when the opposing hurler is right-handed.