Cincinnati Reds 2020 Spring Training Preview

The Cincinnati Reds are ready to turn the corner this season after missing the playoffs and rebuilding the baseball team for the last several years. Cincinnati has not made it to the playoffs since 2013 and they lost in the National League Wild Card Game to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Reds made a ton of moves in the offseason to make their team better. One of them was signing infielder Mike Moustakas. He was playing with the Milwaukee Brewers for the last year and a half after Moustakas was traded from the Kansas City Royals in 2018 near the trade deadline.

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It will be interesting to see what else happens this season with Cincinnati.

Some people believe that they could win the National League Central and that is something that hasn’t been done since the 2012 season. The Cincinnati Reds will enter the 2020 season with high expectations.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the division last season but they could take a step back. The Milwaukee Brewers have been to the postseason the last couple of years as well, but they could fall off this season.

The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates will most likely be in fourth and fifth place in the National League Central this season.

The projected lineup for Cincinnati this season will be: 1. (OF) Shogo Akiyama 2. (1B) Joey Votto 3. (3B) Eugenio Suarez 4. (2B) Mike Moustakas 5. (OF) Nick Castellanos 6. (OF) Aristides Aquino 7. (SS) Freddy Galvis 8. (C) Tucker Barnhart and 9. Pitcher’s Spot.

Some of the key players off the bench for this team this season will be: (C) Curt Casali, (C) Tyler Stephenson, (IF) Alex Blandino, (IF) Kyle Farmer, (OF) Nick Senzel, (OF) Josh VanMeter, and (OF) Jesse Winker.

Castellanos signed as a free agent for four years but he could opt-out after the first season. He played with the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers last season. Nick Castellanos will make an impact right away.

Senzel will be on the trade block and it will be interesting to see whether or not he gets traded during the regular season.

The projected starting rotation this season will be 1. Sonny Gray 2. Trevor Bauer 3. Luis Castillo 4. Wade Miley and 5. Anthony DeSclafani.

This could potentially be a very underrated starting rotation this season. Bauer has spoken a lot this offseason on a couple of issues. He spoke up on the Houston Astros scandal because Trevor Bauer was a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians during the 2017 postseason. He also spoke up on the issue of the new potential playoff format and Trevor Bauer called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred a joke. We will see what happens with this moving forward.

Amir Garrett or Raisel Iglesias will be the closer for the Cincinnati Reds this season.

David Bell will enter his second season as the manager for Cincinnati. He was 75-87 in his first season with the team.

This could potentially be a big year for the Reds. Pitchers and catchers will report for the Reds on Friday, February 14. The rest of the squad will report on this Monday, February 17.

They will play their spring training games at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Their first spring training game will be against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, February 22 at Goodyear Ballpark as well because Cleveland also shares the same spring training stadium as them.

Cincinnati will begin the regular season at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, March 26 for a three-game set.

How do you see the 2020 Cincinnati Reds? Leave a comment below.

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