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Reds put Choo in centerfield during spring training games

Shin-Soo Choo now plays for the cross-state rival Cincinnati Reds (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

When the Cincinnati Reds traded the talented, speedy but often slump-ridden Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians during the off-season, fans and media wondered who would play center field.

Sure, the Reds received Shin-Soo Choo in the trade to become their leadoff hitter, which would strengthen the team’s batting order. But Choo was a rightfielder with the Indians.

All told, Choo has made only 10 starts in center field in his eight major league seasons, but the Reds will give him the first chance at the job. After all, he has speed and an arm to play the outfield’s toughest position.

If that doesn’t work out, the Reds can play Jay Bruce in center field and move Choo back to his customary spot in right field. Ryan Ludwick will stay in left field. Either way, the Reds will have one of baseball’s top slugging outfields.

Choo batting leadoff means that Brandon Phillips, the Reds best option there the past few years, will now back second which is best for him.

Choo’s on-base percentage¬† of .373 last season, was better than the Reds’ leadoff hitters which were the worst in the National League.

The Reds lineup is supposed to look this way: Choo CF, Phillips 2B, Votto 1B, Ludwick LF, Frazier 3B, Bruce RF, Cozart SS, Hanigan C and the pitcher will always be ninth. A solid lineup indeed!

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

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