I dont think Id waste preseason minutes that would be better served given to Nocita. Try it out with the 2s. The big concern would be Barlow is bad with the ball at his feet. S. Nealis is bad too though and hes found a way. Crazier things have happened.
Its still why I believe its a waste to play Reyes on the left and Nealis on the right side of central defense.
Regardless of side Nealis is not capable of distributing, hes still going to punt the ball forward aimlessly. Putting Reyes on the left puts the better passer in a less natural position.