2. Reds RHP Hunter Greene could be the next face of the franchise
Hunter Greene could have easily landed at No. 1. Again, try not focus on the overall success of a player's on-field performance. Joey Votto hadn't been to an All-Star Game since 2018, and yet, he was still the face of the Cincinnati Reds up until last season.
But the Reds have obviously hitched their wagon to Greene heading into the future. After a solid rookie showing in 2022, the Reds and Greene came to an agreement on a contract extension that will keep the right-hander in the Queen City for several more seasons.
Greene's 100-plus mph fastball is certainly marketable. The former first-round pick is also increidbly involved in community outreaches and other endeavors away from the diamond. Those types of things matter when you're talking about the face of the franchise.
Of course, Greene's on-field performance will need to match his off-the-field performance. The 24-year-old endured some hiccups during his second major league season, though there were plenty of positives as well.
With the long-term commitment attached to Hunter Greene, it's very esay to see an avenue in which the California native becomes the face of the Reds franchise. But as was the case with Graham Ashcraft, being on the field just once every five days hurts Greene's chances of securing that mantle.