The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon. The Solano family is welcoming a new addition to the crew and as such Donovan Solano was placed on the paternity list. Taking his place on the roster will be outfielder TJ Friedl.
TJ Friedl will be returning to the big leagues once again. He’s spent time going back-and-forth between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati. In his 29 games this season with the Reds he’s picked up 100 plate appearances and hit .200/.250/.289. Since his last trip down to the minors, Friedl has been on fire for Louisville. He’s played in 40 games and has hit .315/.385/.504 with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 13 walks, and 10 stolen bases. Strangely enough, he only has 10 stolen bases in Louisville on the year and they’ve all come since June 21st.
While he’s in Cincinnati, Friedl will represent a good option off of the bench as a pinch runner. He’s also a good defender if the team needs to go down that road. While he hasn’t done much of it in the big leagues, he’s also an excellent bunter if the situation calls for that.
Reds land two prospects in ESPN’s Top 50 list
Kiley McDaniel, former scout and Atlanta Braves front office employee turned prospect analyst extraordinaire released his updated Top 50 Prospect List at ESPN this afternoon. Only two Cincinnati Reds prospects made the list ($$). Elly De La Cruz is the highest rated Red on the list, coming in at #20 on the list. De La Cruz is hitting .298/.351/.602 with 36 stolen bases in 93 games played between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga.
The other Reds prospect to make the list is also a shortstop, but perhaps not the one you expected. Edwin Arroyo, who is currently playing in Single-A Daytona, came in at #36 on the list. He’s hitting .316/.385/.514 with 21 steals in 87 games between three stops in the Mariners and Reds organization.