Cincinnati Reds: Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker should be priority

Nick Castellanos has a hero’s timing. There’s this sense of inevitability about him now. Did anyone not expect him to hit that grand slam? The only thing missing was the ball hitting a light tower. Does Nick call his bat WonderBoy?

Castellanos and Jesse Winker are the best 1-2 in the game and should be until Mike Trout comes off the 60-day IL after the all-star break to rejoin Shohei Ohtani, who’s merely having the greatest two-way season since Babe Ruth played in Boston.

Winker is a special hitter, no doubt, and should only get better. But Castellanos drives the bus. Every good team has at least one player it relies on more than the others, because of his talent or his temperament or both. The Reds haven’t had a guy like Castellanos since Scott Rolen in 2010. Rolen was solid and stoic as a stone and could be just as quiet. Castellanos seems to John Wayne his way through his days. He’s a ba-a-a-a-d man.           

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