The Cincinnati Reds have made five roster cuts this afternoon. The team optioned right-handed pitcher Levi Stoudt and outfielder Nick Solak to Triple-A Louisville, as well as optioning right-handed pitcher Lyon Richardson to Double-A Chattanooga. The team also sent non-roster invitees Chuckie Robinson and Jared Solomon back to minor league camp. Those moves now have the spring training roster at 56 players.

Nick Solak was acquired in November from the Texas Rangers this past offseason. With both infield and outfield experience he was vying for a job off of the bench as a utility man. He got into 10 games with the big league club this spring, going 2-20 (.100) with four walks, eight strikeouts, a stolen base, and one home run.

Chuckie Robinson, who made his big league debut last year with the Reds as a catcher, made good in his opportunities at the plate. He played in eight games but he only got 12 at-bats. He went 4-12 (.333) with three doubles and an RBI. With the club looking at carrying three catchers and already having those three players in mind, Robinson was a long shot to break camp with the club.

Levi Stoudt was acquired from the Seattle Mariners last July in the trade deadline deal that sent Luis Castillo to the pacific northwest. He was good in his first two appearances this spring, striking out six batters and allowing a run over 3.0 innings. But in his most recent outing he was clobbered, giving up six runs – including three homers – in just 1.2 innings.

Lyon Richardson is coming back from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched in 2021 in High-A Dayton. The right-hander returned to pitch in fall instructional league last year. He struggled his first time out, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks while recording just two outs on February 27th. He rebounded a bit on March 4th when he threw 2.0 shutout innings with two walks and a strikeout against Oakland.

Jared Solmon made his big league debut with Cincinnati last season, pitching in nine games and allowing 10 runs in 8.1 innings (10.80 ERA). In his first two outings he fired a shutout inning while allowing a hit in each. Yesterday he gave up two runs in an inning of work that featured two hits and a hit batter against Seattle.

17 Responses

  1. Bdh

    Surprised Solak went down before Siani

    • DaveCT

      Defense? Solak is reportedly below average at 2B and barely average in LF.

    • L.Sterin

      Reds need to get rid of both Strickland and Farmer.They both are not mlb quality anymore.Bombed everytime they pitch.Why can’t this team acquire a good bullpen piece.Sims isn’t very good either.No bullpen will cost 20 wins

  2. Old-school

    Must read from Charlie goldsmith on Will Benson

    Reds believe he can solve their cf issues and he will get his opportunity to be a breakout player. Good news indeed

    That would allow Senzel to try and find a niche as a super sub utility player.
    Benson almost gave up in 2021 but kept at it when he was struggling for years to hit.per guardians GM, Reds were persistent on Benson. Perhaps Senzel can follow Benson ‘s path overcoming years of adversity and frustration

    • Bdh

      Senzel getting infield reps to basically take on Pinder for that last roster spot

      With Votto getting action already I hope he gets to playing with the big club soon. Would almost lock in the 13 position players going to Cincinnati to start the year if he does

    • jazzmanbbfan

      My brother in law (Cleveland fan), really liked Benson. Hopefully he has figured things out.

  3. MK

    Jeff Brantley will be happy. Every time Solak was in a game he would express concern about Solak’s defense.

  4. JB

    Solak was doing just about as good as Pinder and he is in the lineup again today. They are really trying to sell him.

    • John

      Agreed. Ponder should give his number to Encarnacion-Strand and take no. 94 to Louisville.

      • Luke J

        Didn’t Encarnacion-Strand say he wanted to keep number 94, even when he makes the big league team? I don’t think he would be happy with Pinder taking his number back to Louisville.

  5. LDS

    Can’t really argue with these cuts. But could add a good number of others already. Though I haven’t looked at the upcoming schedule and extra players may be useful in the short run.

    • wkuchad

      That was too positive to be a LDS post


  6. GreatRedLegsFan

    OD Position Players Roster: Stephenson, Casali, Maile; Encarnacion-Strand, India, Barrero, Newman, Steer; Friedl, Fraley, Myers, Benson, Senzel.