The Reds are often regarded as boasting one of the top defensive infields in Major League Baseball. And why not? They have a Gold Glover at both first base and second base and the guy behind the dish isn't too shabby either. Furthermore, they have a sure-handed young shortstop and a guy who can hold his own at the hot corner.
So, it isn't too hard to see why one ESPN SweetSpot writer recently tabbed Cincinnati's infield unit as one of the top five in the business.
From Bill Baer:
Joey Votto is arguably the best hitter in baseball. His .414 wOBA since 2008 is the best in baseball, ahead of even Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera. In 475 at-bats last season, he posted a ridiculous .337/.474/.567 line, the highest on-base percentage (non-Barry Bonds division) since Jason Giambi’s .477 in 2001. And this was in a season in which he missed 48 games due to a knee injury. Votto, when he is healthy, is also one of the best defensive first basemen.