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By Kyle Newport
Mar 8, 2015
While most Cincinnati Reds fans are focused on seeing how some of the team’s most notable players are looking during spring training, there have been a couple of players who have quietly turned some heads early on in camp.
The regulars have not been playing in every game early on, so there have been plenty of players getting playing time during games. Some have taken advantage of their opportunity, and others will need to make better use of their time on the field the rest of the spring.
Cincinnati does have a few roster spots up for grabs this spring. That should give some of the under-the-radar players plenty of motivation to be on top of their games. Although there is still plenty of time left in spring training, a good start gives some players an advantage over the competition.
Keep reading to see which players have already made a good impression at this year’s camp.
OF Brennan Boesch
Going into camp, Brennan Boesch knew that he would need to have a strong spring in order to have a legitimate shot of making the Reds’ 25-man roster. Well, he’s doing everything he can to prove that he deserves a spot on the team’s bench.
Boesch was brought in this offseason on a minor league deal. Given that he is not currently on the 40-man roster, he is going to have to clearly outplay the competition in order to “force” the Reds to make room for him on the roster.
So far, the 29-year-old outfielder is showing that he can help the club with his bat.
Boesch has four hits, including two home runs, in his first eight at-bats this spring. He leads the team with five RBI.
It’s certainly a small sample size. However, he did hit .332 with 25 home runs, 25 doubles and seven triples in 95 games at Triple-A last season, so there is plenty of pop left in his bat.
Without Chris Heisey, Cincinnati needs someone who can come off the bench and tie the game with one swing of the bat. That’s a role that Boesch looks capable of filling.
Again, there’s still a long way to go before the Reds have to decide on a roster. There is just less than a month until Opening Day, so Boesch will have to continue to swing the bat well if he wants to be in Cincinnati come April 6. If he continues to produce runs, the team is going to have a hard time not clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for him.