Ranking the Reds top 10 rookie performers from the 2023 season

The Reds rookies were some of the best in baseball during the 2023 season.
Cincinnati Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz
Cincinnati Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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1. Spencer Steer, Reds rookie infielder/ outfielder

What more can you say about Spencer Steer? The Cincinnati Reds acquired Steer from the Minnesota Twins in 2022 and he became the team's most versatile defender in 2023. I'd argue that Steer was Cincinnati's MVP in his first full year in the big leagues.

Steer's 3.0 bWAR ranks second among all Reds rookies behind only Matt McLain. Steer led the team, not just rookies, but the entire team, in hits (158), doubles (37), home runs (23), walks (68), and RBI (86). Steer was also among the top 3 on the team in on-base percentage and OPS.

Steer came up through the Twins farm system as a third baseman, and that's where the 25-year-old opened his rookie campaign. But, as the season moved along and more players received a call-up to the big leagues, Steer became David Bell's most versatile piece.

Steer saw time at the hot corner as well as first base, second base, left field, and right field. I firmly believe the Reds coaching staff could walk up to Steer, ask him to play catchers, and he'd go grab a face mask and shinguards. He is a team player.

Spencer Steer was the Cincinnati Reds most consistent hitter and the best all-around rookie this season. There's even an argument to be made that outside of TJ Friedl, Steer was the Reds' MVP. But we'll leave that debate for another day.

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