MILWAUKEE – Everything Jose Barrero does throughout the final weeks of the season will be dissected for how it impacts his chances to hold onto the everyday shortstop job in 2023.
The overall stats are underwhelming. He entered Monday with a .167 batting average and .208 on-base percentage in 120 plate appearances with four extra-base hits, six walks and 52 strikeouts.
It wasn’t that long ago when Barrero was the talk of spring training in 2020 and when he was the Reds’ minor league player of the year for his offensive production in 2021. Those were times when he looked like the club’s shortstop of the future, before pitchers constantly exploited his weakness against offspeed pitches.