The Cincinnati Reds were among the last teams to make their first round of cuts in spring training. With a set of games played on Tuesday the organization waited until after the games were over to make their first set of moves for the spring. But following the games, Cincinnati sent 11 players back to minor league camp.
Among the players on the 40-man roster, the Reds optioned right-handed pitchers Tejay Antone, Ryan Hendrix, and Tony Santillan, as well as left-handed pitcher Josh Smith to the minor leagues. The other seven players were all reassigned to minor league camp and were not on the 40-man roster. Those players include right-handed pitcher David Carpenter, left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo, catcher Chris Okey, infielders Jonathan India and Blake Trahan, and outfielders Stuart Fairchild and Boog Powell.
Tejay Antone was having a strong spring. The right-handed starter had allowed just one run in his 6.1 innings (1.42 ERA) to go along with four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. He also began showing a big time jump in his velocity from the past. While a spot in the rotation isn’t there to be had, it’s possible he could have made some sense for the bullpen. He’ll likely head to Triple-A to begin the year in the rotation and provide some insurance as a starter in the event that the big league clubs needs someone to step in.
Here’s how all six of the pitchers who were sent to minor league camp have performed:
Here is how all five of the position players who were sent to minor league camp have performed:
Opening Day is on March 26th. That leaves 15 more days until the Reds need to have their roster down to 26 players. After the cuts today there are still 25 pitches, 5 catchers, 11 infielders, and 9 outfielders. That’s 50 players – so basically, half of those remaining in big league camp will still need to be reassigned in the next two weeks and two days.
Here’s the current spring training roster: