With September comes cooler weather and expanded rosters. Most of the players you would expect to be called up from the minors are already here (Tyler Mahle, for example). The Louisville Bats have four more Triple-A games, so there are some other names that I hope will be recalled after the season ends (Cody Reed, Rookie Davis).
Today, however, the Reds went ahead and called up one familiar name and one newcomer to the Queen City.
Ariel Hernandez is back. We’ve spilled plenty of digital ink on extolling the virtues of the 25 year-old Hernandez. (Who is Ariel Hernandez? | Ariel Hernandez Might Already Be Elite | On Ariel Hernandez). Hernandez has had his ups and downs this year, but he has a glorious fastball and a glorious curveball, and I expect him to be a valuable member of the 2018 bullpen. It’ll be good to get another look at him.
Cincinnati also called up 26 year-old shortstop Zach Vincej. When Vincej appears in a game, he’ll be making his major league debut. Doug Gray thinks Vincej has a chance to be a decent utility player going forward, and I’m inclined to agree.
The Reds also released pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla. This will likely surprise no one. We wish Bonilla the best in all his future endeavors.