|C||Ramon Hernandez||SP 1||Aaron Harang|
|1B||Joey Votto||SP 2||Bronson Arroyo|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||SP 3||Johnny Cueto|
|3B||Scott Rolen||SP 4||Homer Bailey|
|SS||Orlando Cabrera||SP 5||Matt Maloney|
|CF||Drew Stubbs||CL||Francisco Cordero|
|RF||Jay Bruce||RP||Nick Masset|
|IF||Aaron Miles||RP||Jared Burton|
|OF||Jonny Gomes||RP||Micah Owings|
Additional roster information can be found at MLB Depth Charts.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|SP||Aroldis Chapman||Free Agency||CF||Willy Taveras||Trade (OAK)|
|SS||Orlando Cabrera||Free Agency||IF||Adam Rosales||Trade (OAK)|
Top Prospects: Aroldis Chapman (P), Yonder Alonso (1B), Todd Frazier (IF), Mike Leake (P)
The Reds finished up 2009 with a 78-84 record, and although the season didn’t end with a winning record, they still had some definite bright spots. 1B Joey Votto posted a .322 batting average with 25 HR and 84 RBI, despite missing almost 30 games due to depression. 2B Brandon Phillips quietly posted another 20-20 season. The rotation was led by Bronson Arroyo (15-13, 3.84 ERA), although there was a lot of inconsistency behind him. Closer Francisco Cordero (39 sv, 2.16 ERA) also had a solid season.
Team Outlook for 2010
The Reds look much improved (even though they didn’t really make too many moves), and I think have the potential to compete in the NL Central in 2010. Their rotation looks good, and I think it could keep them in the race longer if they can get a little bit lucky as well. For this to happen, they need Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey to really start to live up to their potential. I liked the signing of Orlando Cabrera to bring some veteran presence to a team that is still very young. The biggest signing in the offseason has to be Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has looked lights out so far in Spring Training, although it was thought at the time of the signing that he wouldn’t start the season higher than AA. But with his performance, he may force his way into the rotation at the start of the season. Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips should continue to lead the offense, and I think that OF Jay Bruce could really start to show more of the promise he had coming into the league.
Fantasy Outlook for 2010
I think Joey Votto is primed for a big season, and think he could easily post a top-10 season at 1B. 2B Brandon Phillips is one of the quietest top fantasy performers in all of baseball, usually in the top 5 of the position. Nearly all of the starting pitchers in the rotation are ownable for deeper leagues, but in standard leagues I would say that they are all right around replacement level. If I had to pick one for upside, it would be Bailey. Aroldis Chapman probably has the most upside of anyone on the team, and is definitely worth monitoring as Spring Training continues.
Prediction for 2010
The Reds are steadily improving, and will hopefully take another step forward this season. I don’t think that they are quite ready though to take on the Cubs and Cardinals. But it won’t be long.
80-82, 4th in the NL Central