2012 Reds / Minors

Reds make some additions to the 40-man roster

Cincinnati added six players to the 40-man roster:

Prior to Friday’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, the Reds added six to their 40-man roster.

Added were infielders Neftali Soto, Didi Gregorius, Donald Lutz and Henry Rodriguez and right-handed pitchers Kyle Lotzkar and Pedro Villarreal.

Cincinnati’s 40-man roster is now full.

I didn’t expect to see Lutz or Rodriguez added, and I don’t understand Villarreal’s addition, but what do I know?

Don’t answer that.

11 thoughts on “Reds make some additions to the 40-man roster

  1. The only real surprise was Lutz*. Not often do you see position guys with only Low A experience added.

    *Didi Gregorius was a surprise only in the sense that by the way the rules are, no one seems to be able to figure out how he would have been Rule 5 eligible, but the Reds say that he would have been…. so it is a surprise in that sense.

    I know you said not to answer it, but I am a rebel. Villarreal has a fastball in the low 90’s that runs up to 95 and a good breaking ball. Someone could have easily taken him and tossed him into a bullpen.

  2. Can someone tell me why the Reds haven’t traded the Braves for Martin Prado? To heck with Jurjens, this is a chance to buy low on a good offensive player who can play a bunch of positions decently. He seems like a perfect fit for the Reds, and for whatever reason, the Braves seem to want him gone.

    • Can someone tell me why the Reds haven’t traded the Braves for Martin Prado? To heck with Jurjens, this is a chance to buy low on a good offensive player who can play a bunch of positions decently. He seems like a perfect fit for the Reds, and for whatever reason, the Braves seem to want him gone.

      I’d rather have Frazier who could probably put up better numbers

  3. @Ethan D: The Mets are willing to listen on David Murphy, an even better version of Frazier. I’d kick the tires on that trade.

  4. @Sultan of Swaff: I like Murphy too. Prado brings plus defense in LF, competancy at 3rd and 2nd, and a decent right handed bat. He would be a hell of a number two hitter.

  5. @George Culver:

    I believe these players would be eligible for drafting under Rule 5. The list may have errors and/or be incomplete:

    RHP: Tim Gustafson (AA)
    Ruben Medina (Hi A)

    1B: Carlos Mendez (Hi A)

    2B: Jose Gualdron (Hi A)

    OF: Michael Griffin (AAA)

  6. Bill, none of those guys are ideally ready, but that is how this game works. By years end though, Soto, Gregorius, Rodriguez and Villarreal could all be ready to help in some capacity.

    George, there are plenty of guys left exposed, but only three guys with an inkling of being taken. Josh Ravin has the best arm of those left unprotected. As a starter he was sitting 93-95 MPH this year and touched 97. He has a good breaking ball as well. He is, however, very inconsistent. When he is on top of his game, he can flat out dominate the opposition. But he is often struggling to find his control and when he is, he tends to get hit around or issues plenty of free passes. But, if I had a spare roster spot, I would take a chance on him and see if my pitching coaches could get to him and improve his consistency because he has a big arm and plenty of good things to work with. Scott Carroll has had strong numbers through AA, but struggled in AAA as a starter. Still, he has a good moving fastball in the 88-92 range and two breaking balls. If you put him in the bullpen, his fastball that already tops out at around 95 could move up some perhaps and make him a good arm to look at in the bullpen. The last guy, who is quite unlikely to be taken is Blaine Howell, a reliever who was with Dayton this year. He had strong numbers and his stuff profiles as a solid reliever, but his inexperience above Low A could hold someone back from taking him. Aside from those guys though, I don’t see anyone even worth talking about as potentially losing in the draft.

  7. Thanks Doug, I remember Carroll having good spring relief appearances last year. Ravin’s name does not ring a bell, nor does Howell. Good luck to any who would get drafted and get a chance on a major league roster.

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