The Core For The Cincinnati Reds Next “Big Red Machine”

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Core For The Cincinnati Reds Next “Big Red Machine”

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The Core For The Cincinnati Reds Next “Big Red Machine”

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It has been a rough year for Cincinnati Reds fans. They have traded away some beloved members of the organization like Luis Castillo, Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, and Tyler Mahle. They also let fan-favorite Nick Castellanos walk to the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency. In an attempt to find a good time during a bad time, I will attempt to figure out which current Reds will be core members of the next future “Big Red Machine”. 

 

Jonathan India, Second Base

Jonathan India, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, should be an enormous part of the next great Reds team. Helming the leadoff spot for the better part of the last two seasons, India has done nothing but hit. It remains to be seen if he will remain at second base given some of his defensive faults, but he has become a pillar of this organization at the top of the lineup. 

 

Tyler Stephenson, Catcher

For my money, Tyler Stephenson is the best hitting catcher in the National League. He has transformed into a leader for the pitching staff and has improved drastically behind the plate defensively. Injuries have become an issue so first base is an option for Stephenson as well. If he wasn’t hurt this season, he would’ve been a much-deserved All-Star in 2022. Stephenson will be a key member of the middle of the order for years to come. 


Nick Lodolo, Starting Pitcher

Nick Lodolo is one of three rookie starters who have already shown flashes of greatness for the Reds in 2022. He looks calm, cool, and collected at all times on the mound. The lanky lefty has the potential to be the ace of this staff for years to come. 

 

Hunter Greene, Starting Pitcher

The former cover of Sports Illustrated has been inconsistent in his first season in the big leagues. He has struggled with the longball at times and has had some rough starts. On the other hand, he sometimes looks like a future CY Young winner. It is all about refinement for Greene. There is no doubt in my mind that Hunter Greene will be an All-Star caliber pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Graham Ashcraft, Starting Pitcher

Ashcraft has come out of nowhere over the last few seasons to become a mainstay in the Reds rotation. Although he throws nearly 100 miles per hour, he doesn’t have the same strikeout numbers you would expect from a good starter these days. He pitches to contact, and it has sometimes worked against him this season due to the Reds’ poor defense. However, Ashcraft has the stuff to form an elite 1-2-3 with Lodolo and Greene at the top of the Reds rotation. 

 

Alexis Díaz, Closer

Everyone knows his brother Edwin Díaz. People should get to know Alexis Díaz as well. He has been one of the best relievers in baseball in 2022. He will be the man to shut down games for the foreseeable future in Cincinnati. 

I am not including prospects in this article. You never know who will pan out and who will flame out. However, the Reds do have a top farm system in baseball, and here are some of the top names to look for when searching for future members of a Reds core. 

  1. Elly De La Cruz
  2. Noelvi Marte
  3. Matt McLain
  4. Cam Collier
  5. Spencer Steer

The present may be a bit foggy right now, but the future is bright in Cincinnati. Through the last years’ worth of trades, the farm system has been replenished with top-tier talent. The MLB rotation has three young studs in it. Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson will be seasoned veterans by the time the prospects reach the major leagues. It is okay for Reds fans to get excited about the future. 

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