Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon posted a few hours ago on his blog about the Reds September call-ups, as the MLB rosters expand to 40 players today:

The Reds will add 10 players to the big league roster now that rosters can expand for September.

Recalled from Triple-A Louisville:

RHP Carlos Contreras (#53)
RHP Daniel Corcino (#64)
IF/OF Jake Elmore (#15)
LHP David Holmberg (#36)
RHP J.J. Hoover (#60)
C Tucker Barnhart (#16)
1B/OF Donald Lutz (#23)

Recalled from Double-A Pensacola:

OF Yorman Rodriguez (#33)

Contracts selected from Louisville:

OF Jason Bourgeois (#30)
LHP Ryan Dennick (#41)

Moved to the 60-day disabled list: RHP Homer Bailey. That means that Bailey’s season is over after he went on the 15-day DL Aug. 16 with a flexor mass strain in his right forearm, and hasn’t pitched since Aug. 7.

It was a bit surprising that the Reds elected to call up so many players, but we will get a chance to see some fresh faces. The Reds only made three call-ups last September (Hamilton, Soto, and Miller), and seven call-ups in September 2012. The big surprises this year was that Neftali Soto and Curtis Partch were both not called up, despite being on the 40-man roster.

Yorman Rodriguez is an exciting call-up. Our own Doug Gray wrote a great piece last week about how Yorman Rodriguez is someone to watch in September.

Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino both showed nice promise in limited appearances with the Reds earlier this season. Corcino is currently the Reds #11 prospect according to

Donald Lutz didn’t get a lot of chances during his time with the big league club earlier this year, but he might get more chances with the Reds falling out of the race.

Tucker Barnhart showed he has the ability to catch and handle a big league pitching staff earlier this season.

J.J. Hoover and David Holmberg really struggled this season with the big league club, so maybe they will get a chance at redemption.

The other guys besides Rodriguez who will be making their debuts with the Reds are Jason Bourgeois, Jake Elmore, and Ryan Dennick. 

You may remember outfielder Jason Bourgeois from 2010 when he was with the Astros. Thom Brennaman’s famous call of Jay Bruce’s walk-off HR to clinch the NL Central in 2010 was “racing back to the wall Bourgeois…..the Reds are the National League Central Division champions!” Bourgeois has 515 career PA in the MLB, and he has hit .259/.305/.326. He has spent the entire 2014 season with the AAA-Louisville Bats, and he has done pretty well, hititng .278/.329/.364 with 4 HR, 42 RBI, and 24 SB.

The Reds claimed Jake Elmore off waivers from the A’s back on August 2nd. Elmore hit .242/.313/.325 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 136 PA with the Astros in 2013. He hasn’t seen any MLB time in 2014, but has hit .281/.374/.365 in AAA with Sacramento River Cats (A’s) and the Louisville Bats. Elmore offers the Reds incredible position flexibility, as he has played every single position (including pitcher!) in the minors. His primary position is 2B, but he has also played a lot of SS and 3B.

Lefty reliever Ryan Dennick has had a nice season with the Louisville Bats, posting a 2.36 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 57 appearances (all as a reliever). Dennick came up through the Royals organization. The Reds selected Dennick from the Royals in the Rule 5 draft back in 2012. Dennick has yet to make an MLB appearance.

This also means the end of the season for Homer Bailey. This is definitely the best decision for the Reds, as they have fallen out of the race. The Reds will definitely need a healthy Bailey for 2015. It is just such a shame because Bailey was pitching so well of late. Bailey posted a 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 68 strikeouts and 24 walks in 12 starts since June 1st. The Reds should probably also shut down Joey Votto for good, and give him all the rest he can get for 2015.

46 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    Soto must have no future with this club.

    • User1022

      If that’s the case, he should be packaged with either Latos or Cueto this offseason as part of a trade for a bat.

      • ohiojimw

        Playing every day at AAA Soto looks like close to a world beater (roughly as good of numbers as Frazier ever posted at AAA). What we know he isn’t is an MLB bench player which given the Reds current personnel means they have no use for him (assuming a healthy Votto). So, who would want him? Somebody that is in a situation to put him in the line up at 1B or DH and let him play everyday to see once and for all if he is a 4A player or an MLB guy. They might end up with the next Edwin Encarnacion or they might might end up with a bust.

      • Thegaffer

        He still has no trade value. He has not been listed as a top 20 prospect in years and hitting.0something with 60 percent strikeout rate in the bigs is unimpressive.

      • lwblogger2

        Not sure if a GM would trade for him but if the Reds removed him from the 40-man and exposed him, someone would at least take a flyer. As far as a trade, I’d not expect much back for him.

  2. Ryan Lykins (@ryan_lykins)

    There’s really no reason that Soto should be using up a 40 man spot if they’re not even going to call him up. I feel bad for the guy. Sure he looked pretty over matched but he really wasn’t given a real chance at all. He looks like he’s been having a good year at triple a but apparently the Reds have seen enough out of him to decide his future. It’s sad.

    • NCMountie1

      Agree. The season has been pretty much over for weeks now. Why not have played him at 1st every day & see if he can hit at Bigs level. Just dumb roster management IMO.

  3. ncboiler

    Trying to wrap my mind around Soto not being called up. Can anyone help? Maybe someone in the front office has seen what he needs to see to make a call on his future?

    • ohiojimw

      I think they have seen enough of Soto to decide he isn’t a viable bench player.

      On the other hand all he has done at AAA playing as a regular is hit and hit and hit some more. But where would the Reds play him every day? If 1B and 3B are not two of their three or four strongest offensive positions going into next year, they they have major, major problems.

      So it probably actually makes more sense to hope to package him in a trade that is going to send him to somebody who is going to take a flyer on him as an everyday position player or DH

    • RedAlert

      Do we really have to see any more of them this year to know what they are all about – geeze

      • Thegaffer

        No, but there will be lots of innings to fill the rest of the year. Or maybe trying to get someone interested in them?

  4. chezpayton

    WHY HOOVER WHY HOOVER WHY OH MY GOD WHY HOOVER REALLY COME ON. this Elmore chap seems cool though

    • lwblogger2

      He’s been awful this year but to simply dismiss his past years?

      • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

        Even with his very bad 2014, his career ERA is a respectable 3.57, he has struck out more than a batter an inning and opponents BA against him is .209. And he’s still young; he just turned 27. He’s got to figure out a way to keep balls in the ballpark (10 HRs in 54.2 IP this year after only allowing 8 in 96.2 IP in 2012 and 2013) and he should be OK.

  5. redmountain

    Yorman is one of the guys that makes the Reds future bright. I do not know that he will be ready next year, but after what happened with Hamilton, I am all for it. Here is a thought since he is a plus thrower, put him in center and let Hamilton play left. I also think with the Reds having some real good prospects coming in the OF, that Bruce may get one more year to prove he can actually hit and not K so much. I hope Bruce will either work with a hitting coach and change the swing a little or else invest in a pitching machine that can throw balls that break away from him. Oh for Ted K to coach him.

    • RedAlert

      Nope – give him a chance to play left – don’t mess with Billy in center – Billy is already an elite centerfielder in this league

      • lwblogger2

        Yeah, I think Rodriguez will end up in RF or LF if he ends up playing for the Reds and probably not until 2016… Hamilton’s defense is so good in CF that there is no way I move him out of there assuming he hits at all.

  6. tct

    Really surprised that they added Bourgeois instead of Navarro or Perez. Navarro has had a really nice season, can play second and short, and is only 24. Perez is a left handed hitting outfielder who could maybe hit righties enough to platoon with Heisey. Bourgeois’ skillset just seems redundant with Heisey and Hamilton on the team. Maybe they are seeing if he can take Heisey’s job as the backup CF and fifth OF for next year.

    • Thegaffer

      Yep. Heisey is not long for this team. Nice that his 2 HR day was after the trade deadline.

    • ohiojimw

      I think there is going to be a trade/ FA signing for a LF and you are right that Bourgeois offers a cheaper end of the bench option than Heisey will be next year.

      Heisey is likely either part of a trade of even non-tendered.

    • Robby20

      Heisey may stay put. He is a decent pinch hitter and is very good defensively. He’s clearly not an everyday player but he is not a bad back-up at all the outfield positions.

      • RedAlert

        Pocket change composited to what they will have to pay Ludwuck NOT TO PLAY !

      • Robby20

        2.5 is the going rate. He’s one of the guys who actually is getting paid pretty much the going rate for a player with his years of service and his skill level. He is what he is. An average back -up/ pinch hitter.If the Reds let him go or try to trade him there will be plenty of takers.

      • ohiojimw

        But at the price they’d be paying for him ($1.75M this year, so over 2 next) versus Bourgeois or any number of similar guys for probably 1/4 to 1/3 of that price?

      • Nick Kirby

        The Reds are paying Skip Schumaker $2.5 million this year and next, so $2.5 million for a player who is significantly better is nothing.

      • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

        Skip is signed for next year so the Reds have to pay him. Heisey can be non-tendered and his salary avoided altogether if they determine he is not worth $2.5 million and that they can get someone to do his job at significantly lesser pay.

      • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

        Fangraphs thinks Heisey is worth $7.7 million for his work this work, so I’m sure he’ll get a gigantic raise either from the Reds or from a smart team like the A’s or Rays.

    • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

      I thank Heisey may get another chance this September to take hold of the LF job. I’m skeptical of his ability to do so, but he’s an in-house alternative that would be cheap for a starter but pricey for a backup. Put him in most of the way in either LF or RF (against lefties) and see if he can keep hitting. If he does, I could see him getting the LF job starting in 2015 with Ludwick being sent packing and Bourgeois has a backup LF and CF.

  7. RedsfanPa

    No Navarro or Perez…wth? Instead we get Hoover & Holmberg….. god help us. Feel bad for Soto, this organization sure knows how to mess up a players development. He never got an honest chance, I hope he escapes this dysfunctional organization and wish him well.

  8. Robby20

    A pretty unspectacular group. Not much help on that list for this year or next.

    • ohiojimw

      Yes, because if there were likely any help in them, we would have seen them this year.

      There seemed to be a number of prospects who speed bumped this year moving to AA. If those guys turn out to be flame outs, the org is in a lot of trouble.

  9. docmike

    Like everyone else, I am stunned that Soto was not called up despite being on the 40-man roster. If he can’t be trusted to at least sit on the Reds’ bench for the next few weeks, then why is he even in the organization?

    I don’t see a future for him with the club, but in this case I see no downside to calling him up for September.

    • ghostrider

      I think you will get an answer to that question soo, expect him to be gone.

  10. Moses

    Even with 10 call-ups, I’m betting we see a couple more, and that Soto will be one of them. Just a hunch.