If you are one of the many people who have been screaming at the top of their lungs all spring that Eugenio Suárez should get a look at shortstop, well, you’re voices have been heard. After the game on Monday, Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell made note that Suárez would be getting the start at shortstop on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. Bell also noted that Mike Moustakas would play in the game at third base.
“Geno’s (Eugenio Suárez) going to be playing short tomorrow,” said Bell. “He’s been working throughout camp, off and on, still focusing on third base as well. But we’ve seen enough in camp and knowing his background, that is his original position being shortstop, we’re going to take this opportunity in camp to see him play a little bit at short and kind of just go from there. If nothing else it’s good for him, and it also creates more flexibility for our infield. We’ve all seen him play a lot of shortstop over the last couple of years in the shift, but obviously starting the game there it’ll be his primary position there tomorrow. We’re looking forward to seeing it.”
There’s a lot going on here, but let’s talk it out. The Reds need a shortstop. Eugenio Suárez used to play shortstop, but it’s been quite a while since he played there with any sort of regularity. But he took things rather serious in the offseason, trimmed down some, and got in much better shape. If you’re ever going to consider it again, now’s the time to give it a look – especially considering your other options.
Now, let’s assume for a minute that it were to work out, at least in the short term (say for 2021). That would open up third base for Mike Moustakas, which is where he’s played most of his professional career. That move then opens up second base for someone. Perhaps this is the opening needed for Jonathan India to make his way onto the team as the second baseman.
Of course, we may all be getting ahead of ourselves thinking about the “what if” because we haven’t actually seen what Eugenio Suárez looks like at the position right now. But he has been working out at the position this spring and David Bell has seen enough to warrant giving it a look in a game.