This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds placed catcher Tyler Stephenson on the injured list. Taking his place on the roster is catcher Mark Kolozsvary.

With Tyler Stephenson the announcement made no designation of an injury. In the past that has meant the COVID-related injured list. That would make the most sense, too, given that the team has 40 players on the 40-man roster (non-60-day members) and had to add Mark Kolozsvary to the 40-man in order to bring him up and there was not a corresponding roster move announced to facilitate that. Players on the COVID-related injured list don’t count for the roster count.

If and when Tyler Stephenson returns to the roster the organization will have to make a roster move to get their 40-man roster back to 40 active players. What is a bit interesting here is that the Reds had a catcher, Beau Taylor, already on the 40-man roster and decided to go in a different direction and add Kolozsvary instead of calling up Taylor from Triple-A.

As far as things go for Kolozsvary – what a year it’s been. He made some headlines back in spring training when he homered off of reigning Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber. Then he was invited to play with Team USA this summer at the Olympics and was the starting catcher while bringing home a silver medal. Now he is ending his season by being called up to the big leagues for the first time.

Mark Kolozsvary has long been known for his defensive abilities behind the plate. He’s got a strong and accurate arm and is touted as calling a good game and working well with the pitchers. His bat has not always looked great, but he’s having one of his better seasons this year. Between Double-A and Triple-A this season he’s hit .219/.327/.411. He’s only played in 55 games this year due to Olympic qualifying and then playing in the Olympics, but he’s set a career high in home runs with seven.

22 Responses

  1. Chi Reds Fan

    Reds could also put Antone on 60 day DL to clear a spot, also I believe Friedl and Kolozsvary were both likely to be placed on the 40 man during off season so these moves will not really alter those plans. Beau Taylor seems destined for a DFA.

    • Jim Walker

      The end of “the Beau Taylor era” Just what I was thinking.

    • Jim Walker

      And I believe you are correct that both Friedl and Klolzsvary have to be on the off season 40 man or are eligible to be chosen away in the Rule 5 draft. I think the Reds held their breath and snuck Friedl through last off season but not nearly as likely to happen with the year he had at AAA capped by his call up.

  2. Old Big Ed

    I remember a few years ago watching a clip of Hunter Greene, and thinking, “Man, that catcher is excellent.” I looked him up, found out he was Kolozsvary, and followed him ever since.

    He was a teammate at Florida with Jonathan India, and for that matter at least for a year with Harrsion Bader and Pete Alonso.

    • Old Big Ed

      The Reds, incidentally, list Tucker Barnhart at 5’11”, which means that Nick Castellanos is 6’8″.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow… the offense is get weaker more than it was before this move… Truly, this end of season really has been very adverse for the Reds…

    • CI3J

      Makes your username a little ironic, don’t ya think?

      • RedsGettingBetter

        Yeah I do. I smiled when wrote the correction. By the way I also was mistaken with the word “more” , excuse my english please…

    • Jim Walker

      I hope Stephenson is back sooner than later but maybe they keep MK around till the end of the season and folks will see enough of him to understand why it would be excessive to keep Barnhart around at $7.5M to do the job MK would be able to also do but for MLB minimum.

      Barnhart stuck 8 years ago because he was that same guy as MK, being brought in to caddy for Mesoraco. Yeah, Meso fell to injury; and, given where the team was they never got around to replacing Barnhart with a true #1 (though we had indications they tried several times via trade and free agency (Realmuto and Grandal are 2 names which come to mind). Now there is another generational talent in Stephenson and it is time to make way for him and an appropriate backup.

      Barnhart will no doubt find a contender that will compensate him nicely as a #1B or #2; or, maybe even the Reds buying out his option then signing him for less for the reduced role. But if not Kolozsvary should be up to the role.

      • Votto4life

        Jim Walker. I agree. I don’t think the Reds are going to pay Tucker that type of money. That money could better spent elsewhere. Of course, it likely won’t be spent at all, but that’s a topic for another post.

  4. Bet on Red

    His walk up music must be the Olympic anthem. Make scenes now why TS didnt start tonight. Really hope it’s just a close contact cause if he has it, he will be done for the year

  5. burtgummer01

    1. Jonathan India (R) 2B
    2. Kyle Farmer (R) SS
    3. Nick Castellanos (R) RF
    4. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    5. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    6. Jose Barrero (R) CF
    7. Delino DeShields (R) LF
    8. Tucker Barnhart (L) C
    9. Vladimir Gutierrez (R) P

  6. Roger Garrett

    Looks like AA has been threw under the bus again.Hard to think Delino is part of this teams future or can help them win more then AA.Maybe the Reds will release AA and some team will give him 400 or so at bats next year.

    • VaRedsFan

      AA has been given ample opportunities. He hasn’t taken advantage of them.

    • greenmtred

      Aquino, I’m pretty sure I heard the other day, hasn’t had a hit in a long time, and he hasn’t looked as though that was about to change. When he plays, people complain that he can’t hit and when he doesn’t, people complain about that.

      • Terry

        What is AA’s strike out percentage compared to at bats? Seems like a waste of talent considering his speed and athleticism. Just wish he could make contact and put the ball in play more and let the rest take care of itself.

      • greenmtred

        Absolutely. Remember Wily Mo Pena? Off-the-charts athleticism does not guarantee success in baseball.

  7. Votto4life

    Players who will not be in a Reds uniform in 2022

    1. Nick C.
    2. AA
    3. DeShields Jr.
    4. Cabrera

    Jury is still out:
    1. Tucker Barnhart
    2. Wade Miley
    3. Michael Lorenzen
    4. Mychle Givens
    5. Nick Senzel
    6. Sonny Gray

    I think they may re-sign Tucker but not for $7.4 Million. Miley may be a sign and trade

    Am I missing anyone?

    • Kevin Patrick

      I think Castillo is tradable. I bet they do. I think its going to be very difficult to decide on an orginizational direction. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of a gm change on down. If there is no gm change, I expect them to trade whatever they can for anything and “hope” in a resurgence in performance from players they couldn’t trade. Its easier to say perhaps who definitely isn’t going anywhere…India, Votto, Barrero, Stevenson.

    • Bet on Red

      lorenzen and Givens are FA at year’s end. One or both is leaving

  8. Mike

    Mark Kolozsvary is the guy from Sun Kil Moon, correct?