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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6. Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Reds rookie infielder

The Cincinnati Reds picked the right time to finally find a replacement for Joey Votto. After years of searching for a potential successor for the future Hall of Famer, the Reds seem to have a good one in Christian Encarnacion-Strand.

One of two rookies who were part of last year's trade with the Minnesota Twins, Encarnacion-Strand is an absolute monster. The Reds infielder may well crush 35-plus home runs every season, especially playing half his games at Great American Ball Park.

There are flaws to his game to be sure, but there might not be a more intimidating presnece in the batters' box for the Cincinnati Reds than Encarnacion-Strand. the 23-year-old, in just over 60 games, recorded 113 OPS+ and clobbered 13 home runs. Over a 162-game season, that would equate to 33 round trippers.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand is that middle-of-the-order power-bat that so many Reds fans want to see the Cincinnati Reds acquire during the offseason. Don't worry, Reds Country they've already got one. Encarnacion-Strand is going to be a problem for opposing pitchers.