MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning  at Busch Stadium on September 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Reds defeated the Cardinals 7-2.                                                                               Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

19. Cincinnati Reds

The Reds had injury troubles of their own as well. Joey Votto went down multiple times, and when he was in the lineup he hardly looked like the MVP candidate Reds fans love. ROY runner-up Billy Hamilton brought a nice spark atop the lineup, and catcher Devin Mesoraco had a coming-out year. However, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce struggled, leaving Hamilton, Mesoraco, and All-Star Todd Frazier to carry the load. The pitching for the Reds though was exceptional, with Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey creating a nice one-two punch, until Bailey went down with a knee injury. The struggles and injuries of players allowed the Brewers and Pirates to sneak ahead to chase the Cardinals in the very-tough NL Central. In 2015, the Reds will look for bounce-back seasons from Votto, Phillips, and Bruce, and will look for Hamilton and Mesoraco to continue improving. They will need these factors to play out if they hope to keep up with the Cardinals and Pirates, who both made additions this offseason.

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  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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