The Cincinnati Reds have called up infielder Livan Soto from Triple-A Louisville. To make room for him on the 26-man roster the team designated catcher Austin Wynns for assignment.

It was just two days ago that the Reds added Austin Wynns to the 40-man roster and called him up. He had been splitting time behind the plate down in Triple-A Louisville, but seemed like he was the third catching option in the organization behind Tyler Stephenson and Luke Maile. When he was called up it felt like it seemed that Stephenson was (still) dealing with something given his long slump and slowed down bat ever since he was hit in the hand by a pitch, and that Wynns was going to be around to give him more time off or maybe it was going to lead to a move involving Stephenson (to the injured list). That didn’t happen and just two days later Wynns is now designated for assignment. He will have the option to become a free agent if he clears waivers.

Livan Soto spent a little bit of time in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels in both 2022 and 2023. In his 22 games he hit .375/.414/.531 with the Angels. But this year he’s been back-and-forth on the waiver wire. Baltimore claimed him from the Angels in early February before the Angels claimed him back two weeks later. Then in early April the Orioles once again claimed him from the Angels. A week later they tried to get him through waivers again, but this time the Reds claimed him and he was optioned to Triple-A where he’s been ever since.

In 44 games with Louisville, the 24-year-old has hit .301/.393/.374 with nine doubles, a home run, 23 walks, and 34 strikeouts. He’s been a professional since 2017 and he’s never had a double-digit home run season. In fact, he’s only hit 25 of them in 548 career games. Power is not a part of his game. But he is making contact at a solid rate and he’s been drawing walks at a good clip. Cincinnati has had him playing mostly shortstop with the Bats, but he’s also played a little bit of second base. In the past he’s also gotten some experience at third base.

Soto was already on the 40-man roster, and with Wynns being designated for assignment that leaves Cincinnati with 39 players on the 40-man.

10 Responses

  1. LDS

    It’ll be interesting to see how Soto is used. His advanced metrics HH%, EV, etc are more on par with Lopez, Hurtubise type players than the kind of player that the Reds want. No power but plays 3B, 2B, and SS so maybe he spells EDLC once in a while. But I suspect he won’t be around very long despite his age.

    • Harry Stoner

      Hopefully, he won’t get “Wynn-ed” when Marte gets called up.

      Yikes, put him on the 40 man, called him up, sat him on the bench, DFA-ed him 3 days later.

      I don’t think Lopez even heard the door slam behind him.

      He’s hitting in his usual .290s but still twisting in the Atlanta wind.

  2. RedsgettingBetter

    The good is Soto has options available so he shouldn’t be DFA’d when his 26-roster spot will be used by another player like, for instance, Noelvi Marte. Soto would serve as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner too

  3. Redsvol

    Why would you designate Wynns if you didn’t need the 40 man spot. Or was he out of options.?? Always good to have catching depth in minors.

  4. Melvin

    Glad to see him up. Here’s hoping his .300 ave. carries over to the majors.

    • JayTheRed

      Even if he hits .270 he will have one of the better batting averages on the team. Like his on base skills too. Does he have speed? He will fit in nicely with the team. Team has plenty of power bats currently.

  5. jmb

    It will be good to see Soto get a shot. This team needs some solid defense in the infield. Trade India, Benson, and EDLC; move Steer to 2B; get a couple power corner OF bats.