The Cincinnati Reds made another set of roster cuts this morning after making five of them on Saturday. Today saw the team option outfielder Michael Siani to Triple-A Louisville and infielder Noelvi Marte to Double-A Chattanooga. Those destinations do not necessarily represent where the players will begin their season, though both places do seem like the destinations that make the most sense for both.
Michael Siani made his big league debut with the Reds last September, getting a late season call up after spending much of his season in Double-A Chattanooga with a brief late season call up to Triple-A Louisville. The speedy outfielder hit .252/.345/.405 with 52 stolen bases in the minor leagues in 2022 prior to his call up. He would play in nine games with the big league club down the stretch, going 4-24 (.167) without a walk, steal, or an extra-base hit. This spring he had played in 13 games with Cincinnati and had gone 5-20 (.250) with two walks, a steal, three runs scored, and four runs batted in.
Noelvi Marte was acquired at last year’s trade deadline in the big trade that sent Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. Marte, the Reds #3 overall prospect, hit .279/.371/.458 with 23 doubles, 19 home runs, and 23 stolen bases last season in High-A while in the minor leagues. The shortstop has started to see some time at third base between the Arizona Fall League and spring training. At the plate this spring he played in 11 games and went 5-23 with a stolen base. Marte didn’t draw a walk or have an extra-base hit.
The roster moves this weekend leave the Cincinnati Reds at 53 players in big league camp. That doesn’t include Vladimir Gutierrez, who was moved to the 60-day injured list and is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. But it does include Tejay Antone, who hasn’t pitched yet and will not be ready to begin the season.