The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves this afternoon. The team put outfielder TJ Friedl back on the 10-day injured list with a strained hamstring and they called up Levi Jordan from Triple-A Louisville.

For Friedl, this season must feel like one injury after another. He broke his wrist in spring training and missed nearly two months. When he returned he was barely active for a week before he broke his thumb and headed back to the injured list. After a little more than two weeks he was able to return from that injury, and this time around he remained active for four weeks before he strained his hamstring. Now he’s back on the injured list and the club will be without their center fielder and leadoff man once again.

For Levi Jordan, this is a dream come true moment. The 28-year-old was added to the 40-man roster and called up by the Reds today. Cincinnati had a spot open on the 40-man, so they did not need to make another move to clear a spot for Jordan. This will be his first time in the big leagues. He is in the starting lineup tonight and in right field where he will be making his Major League Baseball debut.

Jordan had a solid 2022 season – he crushed the ball in Double-A, but wasn’t all that good in Triple-A while with the Cubs organization. Last season he struggled in both Double-A and Triple-A. The Reds picked him up in the minor league version of the Rule 5 draft in the offseason (not to be confused with the big league version).

When the season began the Reds sent Levi Jordan to Triple-A and he’s played well for the Bats. He’s hitting .302/.384/.443 through 54 games played. He’s had 10 doubles, a triple, and five home runs to go along with 18 walks and 42 strikeouts in 219 plate appearances. This season he’s hit righties better than lefties, posting a .306/.404/.455 line against right-handed pitching and a .293/.333/.414 line against left-handed pitching.

The Reds have used him all over the field while he’s been in Louisville. He’s played second base, third base, left field, and center field this season. Most of his time has been at second where he’s played in 38 games, but he’s also played in 11 games in left. When he was in the Cubs organization he also saw time at shortstop, so it’s probably a position he can cover in a pinch if it’s ever necessary.

You can see Levi Jordan’s career stats here.

51 Responses

  1. Mauired

    There you go Melvin. Reds must be listening to you.

    • MK

      Ask and ye shall receive. They were reading. So does he get DFA for Marte in a few days?

      • Jim Walker

        Somebody has to go for Marte because he has to be put onto the 40 man roster even if they leave him at AAA on option. That is unless the Reds decide to DFA Marte himself.

      • Melvin

        I would say Burdick is the one most likely to go off the 40 man if/when Marte comes up.

    • Melvin

      I’m sure the Reds listening to me is EXACTLY the reason why both Soto and Jordan are up. I’ve got some beach front property in Alaska I want to sell too if anyone is interested. hahaha 😀

    • Vance Haymaker

      If the Reds ever get healthy this year, they might be a good team. Milwaukee is still the best team in their division, that wont change. Cincy plays like a A team against the Brewers.

  2. LDS

    If only he could succeed. He has relatively balanced splits this season. Of course, Bell would still platoon him.

  3. doofus

    Jim Bowden has Robert to the Reds for Benson, Collier, Richardson and Petty in “One difference making trade for each of the NL team in the wild card race” on The Athletic.

    • CI3J

      That’s a lot to give up for Robert.

      • Ksdavis

        I agree. He had a lot of hype when he started playing but I don’t consider him a star. Way too much to give up.

      • Jason Franklin

        Let’s look at the possible trade bait:
        Benson: He may improve and find some balance, but at best he looks like a strict platoon guy who strikes out too much and plays average defense.
        Collier: He has the potential to be a star and is easily the biggest part of this trade for the Sox. Yet, you need to give some future potential stars if you want Robert.
        Richardson: Maybe he can be a 3/4 type starter but may need to slide into a relief role. Very inconsistent control and really hasn’t been that impressive as his stuff shows.
        Petty: Like Collier, he could be another solid player after a couple years. He may line up as a 2/3rd type starter. He has the stuff!

        So basically, Collier and Petty are the meat of this potential haul for Robert. If they turn out great in the future, than it could be bad for the Reds. What it really comes down to is if Robert can keep his injuries in check. If he can play 140 games a year in GABP, he will be an all-star every year. He is that good.

      • JB

        Got to give up something to get something. Benson is garbage right now. Richardson hasn’t done anything this year. Petty is trying to get it together and Collier is a couple of years away. Kicking the tires is what Krall does and doesn’t want to take a chance. To much? Time will tell but that’s what’s great about trades. You win some you lose some. Not taking chances is why you end up with crappy players like Renfroe and Bader in August.

    • Jim Walker

      I’d prefer to give up 2 other people instead to keep Collier and still get Robert.

    • DHud

      I’d do it for the reasons Jason lays out

      Losing benson and Richardson mean nothing to me

    • LDS

      Come on folks, it’s Bowden. How often is he right?

    • Jeff K.

      I was looking at the comments on that article and here’s how it went:
      White Sox fans: That’s not nearly enough for Robert.
      Reds fans: That’s way too much for Robert.

    • Melvin

      The credibility of Jim Bowden with me is……..

      Still though I would do that trade. At least it would get rid of a platoon. sheesh

      Robert MAY be very good but he’s not hitting like it so far this year. The White Sox fans who want more need to take a look and remember his injury history as well.

      https://www.mlb.com/player/luis-robert-jr-673357

    • AMDG

      Outside of blasting 27 solo home runs last year, Robert hasn’t exactly been elite.

      He struggles to stay healthy and get on base regularly.

      He would be something of an upgrade over Benson, but I guess the question is what price is that upgrade worth.

  4. Mark A Verticchio

    I just would not trade Collier for a lost season, with Freidl going down again this season may not be salvageable. Just think Mclain = likely gone for the year, Strand = Gone for a long time, Freidl = missing more than he is playing, Marte = may come back soon but struggling in AAA, Williamson = Maybe gone for year, Arroyo = gone for the year and Bell here to stay.

    • Indy Red Man

      Agree. In true Reds/Robert fashion he’d get hurt while being thrown out by 20 feet

  5. Jon

    How do the Reds avoid a repeat of this mess next year? Besides the obvious first step of adding a competent corner power-hitting OF, who else do they add and who do they replace? They definitely need a backup CF option, given the fragility of Friedl. They need another proven pitcher for the back of the bullpen.

  6. MK

    Jordan has 29 games experience in leftfield as a pro, his only outfield game experience. Seems an odd move to make his big league debut and all the nerves that go with it at a new position. Hope they aren’t setting the young man up to fail.

    • JB

      At least he is playing. Ask Capel and Soto and heck Dunn with the mighty 10 at bats if they would like his spot. Bell is a weird dude. Some guys sit and others he plays.

    • Jim Walker

      Yeah, it struck me that pointed out Jordan was a jack of all trades but apparently, one place he had not played was RF but lo and behold that’s where he is tonight in his MLB debut. 😉

      • Jim Walker

        it struck me that (Doug ) pointed out…..

    • Melvin

      The WORST thing that can happen is for Jordan/Soto and their .300 BA to sit the bench. Can’t know if they will help if they don’t play. Cooling their hitting off while on the bench IS NOT WISE in my view. At least Jordan is playing. Soto isn’t/hasn’t. Espinal and his .209 ave. .569 OPS is.

  7. Mark A Verticchio

    The CF answer is staring them in the face and they are too stubborn or to blind to go for it. EDLC to center and Marte or Arroyo to short. That will allow Freidl to left or right and either Steer to the other spot or an off-season move.

    • Jim Walker

      One way or another some of those 6 SS prospects need to be moving to the OF or pushing other people out of the IF and to the OF (or trade block).

      I think a lot of folks look at Marte and see a future corner OF. He has good athleticism but looks like he will mature too full bodied to stay on the dirt except at a corner.

    • DaveCT

      Marte isn’t a ML short stop other than in a shift. Arroyo wont be ready until late 25 at the earliest, likely 26. And that is only if he recovers from his shoulder surgery. McLain’s durability issues apply specifically to his arm wearing down over a full season so he not really a full time short stop, and is best at 2B anyway.

      So it’s the same RLN-only question of why take your best player, at his best position, at what is likely the most challenging position in which to acquire elite talent, whose 80 grade throwing is an absolute weapon at that position, move him in-season a la Senzel and Barrero to a position where he has never played and it is unknown if he can even play there, where he will be thoroughly under-utilized in comparison to his current position — how many inning saving or game-saving plays does a CF actually make vs. and SS?

      Other than an arbitrary, random wish for him to run down balls in CF, there is no sense. If, someday, he plays himself off of short, or is somehow supplanted, or if he defers to a new teammate when he flees Cincinnati as ARod did with Jeter, then we’ll see him at 3B.

      • Doc

        Why do people recommend it? Easy peasy answer – they don’t have to answer for it nor suffer in any way if the move fails! Simple as that. They will blame Bell, then go on to their next unsupportable recommendation.

      • DaveCT

        I think they see EDLC roaming CF as a switch hitting superstar gold glover. It’s not beyond imagination, right?

        However … switch hitting superstar gold glove *short stops* are far more valuable than like outfielders, if only because their position is so far more challenging.

        OF: Run, catch, throw to base (cutoff).

        SS: Run, contain/catch, act of defensive pivot point, throwing to multiple base options in split seconds, play short OF, conduct rundowns, etc.

        Oh, short stops don’t run into outfield walls or ruin their bodies diving for pop ups.

        Other teams, media and fans marvel at EDLC, and rightly so. He’s like a 6 year old pianist playing Mozart. But no one talks about moving child piano prodigies to bass guitar, right?

      • Mark A Verticchio

        EDLC would be a better CF than he is a shortstop.

      • Melvin

        He won’t move from SS this year. Eventually, when Arroyo is still hear and ready?

      • DaveCT

        “EDLC would be a better CF than he is a shortstop.”

        There is zero basis in fact for this comment. He has never played an inning of professional baseball in the outfield. He may have tools, yes. But many players have tools. And his tools are also especially exemplary at short stop. He lacks experience, especially given he is also learning to play the position while adapting to the ungodly speed with which the game is payed at the ML level, and at age 22. Not to mention, he is learning to hit at the major league level. So, to move EDLC, while he is learning to better play his position, learning to hit ML pitching, to a position he has never played, in season, is a set up for failure. It’d be negligent. But perfect Reds. Well deserved mediocrity, should they mess with their best player. I might agree with the latest moronic RLN talking point: Trade EDLC, but for a different reason (I also said trade Hunter Greene earleir this season; given the withering criticism and statements to demote him, etc. I stated that to mess with him rather than let him grow was also grounds for trade, as Cincinnati would never support him and help him succeed). If the Reds and their fanbase fail EDLC in this way, they should trade him. Just ask Senzel and Barrero.

        This entire notion is nonsense. Always has been.

  8. docproc

    This is horrible timing for Blake Dunn. This should have been his (re)call up but he got hit in the head (again) with a pitch and is on the IL. Bummer for him–he can’t catch a break.

    • DaveCT

      Other than last season, Dunn misses boku time injured, and has since college. He needs to figure out how to stay on the field. There is a reason he is thought of as a RH Friedl.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    Incredible how Friedl keeps getting injured. One of the weaknesses the Reds have since offseason related to CF depth and was not reinforced by the FO, it comes to haunt so far. Fairchild being a 5th OF has been literally a regular player most of the season aside from Benson ofensive struggles, the team has suffered a lot to cover this key position… Let us see what Jordan can do ….

    • DaveCT

      We may have to accept that Friedl is a 120 game per season player. Which, when you think of it, only adds to your point about CF depth. And even then, that issue is somewhat focused at the AA and AAA levels, as we have several kids worth watching at Dayton who are good CF (Jay Allen II, Carlos Jorge snd Ethan O’Connell are each CFers). The failure of Austen Hendricks to hit has forced us to view Dunn and Hurtubise as our CF depth, and they profile as 4th/5th guys. The same can be said of Malvin Valdez at Daytona though i still like his chances. This is one reason i think the Reds may jump at Travis Bazzana in the draft, as he is really one of the few top 5-6 prospects profiling as an up the middle player vs corner guy, with some CF potential.

  10. Anthony

    Send jordan a text warning him hes about to experience a phenomenon he probably never imagined. Tonight in rf..tomorrow at 3b…Wednesday catching. Batting leadoff ..9th then 4th. Maybe he’ll be the first baseball player in history to thrive under those circumstances

  11. Melvin

    I wanted Jordan up for quite awhile. Having Friedl on the IL wasn’t the WAY I wanted him up.

    • DaveCT

      Melvin, i saw this on MLTR and smiled. I said, “Yesssss! Melvin!!!”

      Levi has an interesting story if you haven’t been able to see much.

      “Drafted in the 29th round (878th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2018 (signed for $3,000).

      -BA

      Never once on anyone’s Top 30 list, let alone Top 100.

      Totally undersized at 5’8” 170, he’d make McLain look big.

      • Melvin

        Let’s hope the dream continues. 🙂

      • Doc

        Isn’t that the (roughly) same size as was Joe Morgan, and bigger than is Jose Altuve?

      • Melvin

        The great thing about baseball over basketball; size doesn’t matter nearly as much. 🙂

  12. Eddiek957

    I’d make that trade everyday. I think Chicago would be asking for a lot more than cease

  13. Droslovinia

    Since this is the Reds we’re talking about, there’s a possibility that he could come up, hit 3 homers and a triple, then sit the rest of the week due to “metrics.”

    • Melvin

      Hope not.

      Jordan vs. right .306/.404/.455

      Jordan vs. left .293/.333/.414

      Not a platoon player.

      • Hanawi

        Fairchild didn’t have splits in the minors or even early in his MLB carerr but has developed them in the majors as his time facing righties has dwindled.

      • Melvin

        Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time. In the little time I’ve seen him hit he actually “looks” like a hitter not just a free swinger. We’ll see.

      • Tom Diesman

        I’d say the jury is still out on that one:

        Levi Jordan

        2021 PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        AA/AAA vs RH 220 .221 .311 .316 .626
        AA/AAA vs LH 74 .343 .392 .642 1.034

        2022 PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        AA/AAA vs RH 284 .247 .326 .379 .705
        AA/AAA vs LH 114 .336 .377 .636 1.013

        2023 PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        AA/AAA vs RH 222 .223 .347 .304 .651
        AA/AAA vs LH 67 .208 .364 .321 .684

        2024 PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        AAA/MLB vs RH 157 .311 .408 .467 .874
        AAA/MLB vs LH 66 .283 .318 .400 .718