Late on Wednesday night the Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves, with perhaps the most notable one being the addition of their #1 overall prospect Hunter Greene to the 60-man player pool. The organization also added minor league catcher Mark Kolozsvary to the player pool. Cincinnati officially selected the contract for reliever Nate Jones – though we knew that was going to happen as the team announced he made the opening day roster the other day. Alex Blandino was also optioned to the Prasco Park roster.
Let’s start with Hunter Greene – we knew that this was likely to happen after he announced on his social media (and then deleted it a few hours later) that he was in Cincinnati. The cat was out of Schrodinger’s Box at that point, so to speak. All that was left, presumably, was his passing a COVID-19 test so he could be cleared to join the team. After recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, Greene is already back to throwing 102 MPH. The right-handed starter is now the youngest player in the Reds player pool – still just 20-years-old.
Mark Kolozsvary might be a name you aren’t familiar with. He’s not on any of the Cincinnati Reds top prospect lists. The former Florida Gator spent the 2019 season behind the plate for the Daytona Tortugas in the Florida State League. In his 79 games he hit .188/.341/.321 on the season. His glove is ahead of his bat at this point in his career. The now 24-year-old is well known for his defensive work behind the plate with a strong arm, a good ability to frame pitches, and strong at blocking balls in the dirt.
The move to option Alex Blandino to the Prasco Park “alternative site” roster helps set the roster for Opening Day a bit more. With the likelihood of 16 position players on the team, Blandino was fighting for one of the final utility spots on the team. His ability to play around the infield (and he’s even had a very limited amount of time in the outfield in his career) gave him the kind of defensive flexibility that stands out. But sometimes it’s not always as simple as that – the team is deeper than it’s been in a long time and Blandino seems to have been at least one of the odd men out here.