Is Spencer Steer the most likely Reds infielder to move to the outfield?

Cincinnati Reds infielder Spencer Steer
Cincinnati Reds infielder Spencer Steer / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages

Cincinnati Reds infielder Spencer Steer has gotten off to an incredible start during his rookie campaign. Steer has shown the potential to be one of the National League's top rookies and should be considered in the mix to win NL Rookie of the Year.

Steer's spot in the Reds lineup is as safe as can be. The 25-year-old has found a spot in the heart of the Cincinnati batting order and has posted an OPS above .850 in just over 300 major league at-bats.

While Joey Votto is recovering from shoulder and biceps surgery, Steer has found a home at first base. But it's unlikely that Steer will remain at first base once Votto returns from the IL.

Is Spencer Steer the most likely Reds player to move to the outfield?

Spencer Steer began the season at third base, but began to see an increase in playing time at first base once Nick Senzel returned from the IL. Of late, however, Senzel is beginning to get starts in left field, as suggestion that Elly De La Cruz may get time at the hot corner once he arrives in the big leagues.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand is doing his best to make an appearance in the major leagues this season as well. Once he and Votto are added to the roster, both will demand time at first base and likely as the team's designated hitter. Though Encarnacion-Strand can also play third base, both he and Votto lack the athletic ability that Steer possesses.

All signs point to at least one, if not two players on the current Cincinnati Reds roster, having to make the move to the outfield. In order to put their best hitting lineup on the field, the Reds may need to move Steer to one of the corner outfield spots.

Steer has the flexibility and athleticism in order to make this transition, much like he has done moving from third base to first base. Steer would likely adjust just as well in a move off the infield dirt and into the outfield grass.

This idea, of course, comes with the pending call-ups of Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand. The Reds having players, like Steer, with such flexibility and versatility will help David Bell get his best nine hitters in the lineup on a regular basis.

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