When the Cincinnati Reds traded for Eugenio Suarez this off-season, there was an immediate sense that the plan was to name Suarez the starting shortstop. That speculation was quickly put to rest when Reds manager Bryan Price said the plan was to continue forward with Zack Cozart as the starter at shortstop. Cozart had about as dismal an offensive season as one can have when he hit .221/.268/.300 with an OPS of .568. Considering the potential of the young Eugenio Suarez stepping into his new role with the Reds, the writing appeared to be on the wall of Suarez being named the starter.
While Suarez will not be named the starter, it is no secret that Bryan Price wants Suarez to play everyday, it is just a matter of finding a place for him to fit in the lineup in an everyday role. In his career in the minors, Suarez has hit .278/.362/.415. His career OPS in the minors is a more respectable .777. Suarez did have a chance to play with the Tigers in a limited role in 85 games, but the success he’s had in the minors did not quite transfer fully to the Major League level. Suarez slashed just .242/.316/.336.
It’s no secret that Suarez has a bright future ahead of him. With the struggles of Cozart last year, the Suarez addition to the Reds should provide some competition within the Reds camp this Spring. If it’s true that Cozart will for sure be the starting shortstop, with the success of Suarez in the minors and his potential, the Reds could benefit greatly from the addition of Suarez into the everyday lineup.