The deadline for teams to submit their 60-man player pool rosters to Major League Baseball was today at 4pm ET. And now we’ve got the Cincinnati Reds player pool roster. There will be 35 players who are getting ready at Great American Ballpark, and another 22 players who will be getting ready at Prasco Park – the teams alternate site for the taxi squad. If you did the math in your head, you noticed that only 57 players are listed. That means there are still three spots open for the team to fill if they so choose. They do not have to if they do not want to.
The Reds Great American Ballpark 60-man roster participants
|Bauer, Trevor||RHP||Barnhart, Tucker||C|
|Bowman, Matt||RHP||Casali, Curt||C|
|Castillo, Luis||RHP||Farmer, Kyle||C/INF|
|DeSclafani, Anthony||RHP||Blandino, Alex||INF|
|Garrett, Amir||LHP||Davidson, Matt (NRI)||INF|
|Gray, Sonny||RHP||Galvis, Freddy||INF|
|Iglesias, Raisel||RHP||Moustakas, Mike||2B|
|Jones, Nate (NRI)||RHP||Suárez, Eugenio||3B|
|Kuhnel, Joel||RHP||VanMeter, Josh||INF/OF|
|Lorenzen, Michael||RHP||Votto, Joey||1B|
|Miley, Wade||LHP||Akiyama, Shogo||OF|
|Reed, Cody||LHP||Castellanos, Nick||OF|
|Romano, Sal (NRI)||RHP||Ervin, Phillip||OF|
|Shafer, Justin||RHP||Payton, Mark||OF|
|Sims, Lucas||RHP||Senzel, Nick||CF|
|Stephenson, Robert||RHP||Winker, Jesse||OF|
|Thornburg, Tyler (NRI)||RHP|
The Reds Prasco Park 60-man roster participants
|Alaniz, RJ (NRI)||RHP||Peña, Francisco (NRI)||C|
|Antone, Tejay||RHP||Stephenson, Tyler||C|
|Biddle, Jesse (NRI)||LHP||Colón, Christian (NRI)||INF|
|Carpenter, David (NRI)||RHP||Garcia, Jose (NRI)||INF|
|De León, José||RHP||India, Jonathan (NRI)||INF|
|Hendrix, Ryan||RHP||Rodriguez, Alfredo (NRI)||INF|
|Lodolo, Nick (NRI)||LHP||Outfielders||Position|
|Powers, Alex (NRI)||RHP||Aquino, Aristides||OF|
|Raley, Brooks (NRI)||LHP||Fairchild, Stuart (NRI)||OF|
|Santillan, Tony||RHP||Jankowski, Travis||OF|
|Smith, Josh D||LHP||Powell, Boog (NRI)||OF|
What does the breakdown mean?
Well, it seems pretty clear that the guys heading to Great American Ballpark are the guys playing for the 30 spots on the opening day roster. Outside of Aristides Aquino, no one on the Prasco Park roster seemed like they had much of a chance at making the big league club out of spring training unless injuries opened up the door.
With that said, things can certainly change. Injuries could happen, as could (and likely will) positive COVID-19 tests that may lead to spots being there for the Prasco Park crew.
Who is missing?
The Reds began spring training with 61 players in camp. Only four of those guys aren’t here. Derek Dietrich is the biggest name missing, but catcher Chris Okey and infielder Blake Trahan also aren’t here. They are far less surprising omissions. The fourth player is right-handed pitching prospect Vladimir Gutierrez, who less than 30 minutes before the roster was released, was suspended for 80 games for a positive PED test for stanozolol.
On the prospect side of things, there are more than a few players missing who could have been there. Some teams are using some of their roster spots for pure development spots in order to get minor leaguers time on the field that they otherwise wouldn’t get. Right now, that doesn’t seem to be the case for the Reds with any of these players – all of whom reasonably would have been in Double-A or Triple-A this year anyways, and on the verge of a call up if they were performing and a spot opened up. It’s still possible that the three open roster spots could be filled with these types of players, but it’s very surprising that not a single one is on there yet.
Update at 4:45pm ET
Mark Sheldon of Reds.com was the first to report that Derek Dietrich is still in the organization, but isn’t on the roster.
Krall said Dietrich is still in the organization but left him off to maintain roster flexiblity. He could be added later. #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 28, 2020
C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic also is reporting that infielder Blake Trahan was invited by the Reds to their camp, but has chosen to retire.
#Reds Nick Krall said Blake Trahan was invited to camp but chose to retire
— C. ???????????? (@ctrent) June 28, 2020