Aristides Aquino has made the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster according to a report by Héctor Gómez of Z101 Digital in the Dominican Republic.
The Cincinnati Reds outfielder played in 19 games this spring for Cincinnati and hit .244/.340/.463 with four doubles, a triple, and a home run. In his 47 plate appearances he walked four times and struck out 13 times. He’s spent parts of the last three seasons in Cincinnati. In 2018 he played in one game, striking out in his only plate appearance. During the 2019 season he burst onto the scene, hitting 14 home runs in August and posting an OPS of 1.158. But he followed that up by hitting .196/.236/.382 in September. Last season he only had 56 plate appearances in the shortened season, but struggled, hitting just .170/.304/.319.
A spot as a back up outfielder could allow the Reds to utilize the power that Aristides Aquino brings to the table in big situations off of the bench. Or it could allow David Bell to pick match ups against certain pitchers that match up to Aquino’s strengths even in non-big pinch hitting situations. Defensively you could see him play on the corners in the outfield late in games, or get spot starts there – especially if a tough left-handed pitcher is on the mound with both Jesse Winker and Shogo Akiyama being left-handed hitters.
Sal Romano makes the bullpen
Earlier in the day Sal Romano informed the media that he was told that he had made the Opening Day roster. The big right-handed reliever only pitched in two games last season for Cincinnati, throwing 1.1 perfect innings without a walk or a strikeout. This spring he’s pitched in eight games, throwing 8.1 innings without a home run allowed, with four walks, and he’s struck out 11 of the 40 hitters that he’s face. His ERA on the spring was 6.48, though three of his six earned runs came as a result of a ball lost in the sun that since it was not touched, didn’t count as an error even though it would have otherwise been an easily caught fly ball. Without that misplay his ERA would have been 3.24 on the spring. The other three runs that he allowed came on March 1st.