A Look at the Reds

Photo Credit: David Kohl | USA Today Sports

by: Justin Jones @jjones217

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in last place of the National League Central race with no signs of moving up. 

They have had some bright spots this season along with some disappointments. 

The Offense

The Reds Offense has looked great for their 49-61 record. They are tenth in runs scored and are in second place in on-base percentage. This means they are doing a good job getting on base and scoring. This effort is led by Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez.

This year Votto's power has dropped off but he is getting on base 42% of the time and is third in runs scored for the team. This puts him third behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts in OBP. Suarez leads the team in RBI's with 83 which puts him fourth in the major leagues. He is also 14th in the major leagues in home runs with 25.  

The Pitching Staff

The fault of the Reds this year has been the pitching staff.

They are 25th in ERA, 27th in WHIP, and 25th in strikeouts. On top of all of this, they allow the most home runs in the MLB.

It hasn't all been bad though. Raisel Iglesias has been a star in their bullpen. He has maintained a WHIP around one. He has been the team's closer the last couple of years and has only blown 5 saves in those two years.

Another bright spot is Amir Garrett. He has a 1.13 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched. The bullpen has some good arms and has a bright future for this team. 

The Future

The Reds' farm system ranks eighth according to mlb.com.

They have the number seven prospect in third baseman Nick Senzel who has been hitting well in Triple-A this year. He has a slash line of .310/.378/.509.

Their number two prospect, starting pitcher Hunter Greene, had a UCL sprain that won't require Tommy John surgery. He has shown promise these past two seasons, avoiding TJ is a huge plus for the organization, but something to monitor going forward.

Outfielder Taylor Trammell is the number 43 prospect according to mlb.com. His slash line is .277/.373/.405 this year. 

Final Thoughts

The Reds season this year hasn't been the best but they have some bright spots and some things to look forward to. 

This offseason the Reds need to address their rotation. They have some talent in their farm system but its a few years away from developing. This team could contend in the next few years.

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