Reds roster prediction after the All-Star Break: Starting lineup (9)
Tyler Stephenson, Joey Votto, Jonathan India, Matt McLain, Elly De La Cruz, TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, Nick Senzel, Spencer Steer
The two biggest questions surrounding the Cincinnati Reds as we enter the heat of the summer will be in regards to the club's top two prospects down at Triple-A (Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand) and the face of the franchise (Joey Votto).
De La Cruz is already part of the Reds 40-man roster, so recalling the talented phenom would require that Cincinnati option a player to the minor leagues. There are several choices, and when the time comes, it won't be hard for the Reds to make the decision.
As for Votto, if he's able to begin a rehab assignment in June, one would assume the former NL MVP will be back in a Reds uniform by the All-Star break. Votto's injury status has been shrouded in mystery, but sooner or later, Reds fans will see the six-time All-Star back on the diamond.
The rest of the roster feels rather self explanatory. Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India are still seen as two pillars for the franchise moving forward. While Stephenson has struggled in 2023, India has returned to the type of player that won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2021.
Matt McLain has solidified his spot in the lineup. Nick Senzel and Spencer Steer possess enough defensive versatility that both can log playing time all over the field once De La Cruz arrives in the Queen City.
TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley have both proven this season that their skillset is perfect for this team. The outfield duo can play multiple positions and effect the game with both speed and power. Both look like fixtures in the outfield for the next few seasons.