Opening Day isn’t until Friday evening for the Cincinnati Reds, but with the regular season beginning today for four teams, all rosters must be finalized today. At the start of the year there will be 30 players on the roster…. unless you are the Cincinnati Reds, who only have 28 players on their opening day roster. After two weeks roster sizes will drop to 28 players. Two weeks after that rosters will drop to 26 players, where they will remain for the rest of the season. There are no expanded September rosters this season. The trade deadline has been pushed to August 31st this year, too.
With all of that said, here is the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Roster:
|The Pitchers||Position Players|
|SP||Sonny Gray||C||Tucker Barnhart|
|SP||Luis Castillo||C||Curt Casali|
|SP||Trevor Bauer||1B||Joey Votto|
|SP||Wade Miley||2B||Mike Moustakas|
|SP/RP||Tyler Mahle||3B||Eugenio Suarez|
|RP||Amir Garrett||SS||Freddy Galvis|
|RP||Raisel Iglesias||INF/C||Kyle Farmer|
|RP||Nate Jones||INF/OF||Josh VanMeter|
|RP||Michael Lorenzen||OF||Shogo Akiyama|
|RP||Brooks Raley||OF||Nick Castellanos|
|RP||Cody Reed||OF||Phillip Ervin|
|RP||Lucas Sims||OF||Travis Jankowski|
|RP||Robert Stephenson||OF||Nick Senzel|
|RP||Pedro Strop||OF||Jesse Winker|
|IL||Anthony DeSclafani||Matt Davidson (added 7/24)|
|Christian Colon (added 7/24)|
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com says that the team will announce the final two roster spots tomorrow. For now, the team is going with 14 pitchers and 14 position players. Nick Krall told the media (as first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic) this afternoon that the two additional players will come from within the organization – so expect to be familiar with the players that get added tomorrow. Update: Both Matt Davidson and Christian Colon have been added to the roster.
General Manager Nick Krall explained that while rosters were “due” today, the only requirement was for 25 men. “You have to have 25 guys. You don’t have to name all 30 until tomorrow,” said Krall. “There were some teams that didn’t name all 30 guys and we were one of them. We have two spots left and we’ll add those guys tomorrow.”
As for the two players that will be added – we can debate that if we’d like to, but as manager David Bell hinted at last week, it’s going likely going to be two position players.
“We’ll probably add two position players for those roster spots,” said Krall when asked about the breakdown of pitchers versus hitters in terms of the split between the roster numbers.
The big surprise on this roster isn’t anyone who made it. The surprise is that Anthony DeSclafani will begin the year on the injured list. It was announced that he has a mild right teres major strain and the move is retroactive to Monday. That could mean that he could return quickly and possibly miss just one start – and that’s all that he expects to miss, too, according to what he told the media earlier this afternoon.
This roster also sets the Prasco Park roster, which currently 28 players on it.
|The Pitchers||Position Players|
|RJ Alaniz||C||Mark Kolozsvary|
|Tejay Antone||C||Francisco Pena|
|Jesse Biddle||C||Tyler Stephenson|
|Matt Bowman||INF||Alex Blandino|
|David Carpenter||INF||Christian Colon|
|Jose De Leon||INF||Matt Davidson|
|Hunter Greene||SS||Jose Garcia|
|Ryan Hendrix||INF||Jonathan India|
|Joel Kuhnel||INF||Alfredo Rodriguez|
|Nick Lodolo||OF||Aristides Aquino|
|Alex Powers||OF||Stuart Fairchild|
|Sal Romano||OF||Boog Powell|