With the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft upon them, the Reds added six players to their 40-man roster today:

Infielder Alex Blandino, second baseman Shed Long, outfielder Jose Siri and right-handed pitchers Jose Lopez, Jesus Reyes and Zack Weiss had their contracts selected. Blandino, Long and Siri are Top 30 prospects in the organization, according to MLBPipeline.com.

Players who signed at the age of 18 or younger become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft after five seasons. Those who were 19 or older have to be protected within four seasons. Any eligible player left off the roster becomes available to the other 29 teams in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 14.

Cincinnati now has 39 players on their roster, leaving one spot available.

Doug Gray and I had an in-depth conversation about these players on our latest podcast, which you can listen to here. Doug also had plenty to say about the Reds’ decisions over at his site:

mong the group of position players, Alex Blandino is probably the closest to helping out. He spent a majority of his 2017 in Triple-A. He hit .270/.390/.444 with 32 walks and 37 strikeouts for the Louisville Bats. Blandino also has plenty of positional flexibility. He has experience at shortstop, second base, and third base throughout his career.

Shed Long split his year between Daytona and Pensacola. Offensively he performed better with the Tortugas. In Daytona he hit .312/.380/.543 in the pitcher friendly Florida State League. A slow start with the Blue Wahoos was compounded when he missed a month with an injury. Long returned at the end of the season and hit well, but his slow start was too much to overcome by the strong finish. Between the two stops the second baseman hit .281/.358/.477 with 22 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs in 104 games.

Jose Siri is the furthest player away from joining the Reds of everyone they protected today. He has only played in Low-A ball. With that said, he’s got explosive tools across the board and is arguably the toolsiest player in the entire organization, including the Major Leagues. With Dayton this season, the center fielder hit .293/.341/.530 with 24 doubles, 11 triples, 24 home runs and 46 stolen bases.

Doug has much, much more over at his site. Go read the entire thing.

13 Responses

  1. Jreis

    l watched Siri a lot in Dayton and he was fun to watch. He plays with a lot of confidence in the field and is a good base runner too.
    I’m really excited about the future of our outfield.
    Hamilton, Siri, Taylor Trammel, Ervin.
    Could be really good and fairly cheap

    • Bill

      Hamilton is not really cheap anymore and will soon be a free agent. His skillset also doesn’t age well so I wouldn’t count on him being around or really good in the future unless he is a really good bench piece

      • Michael E

        If Hamilton is still starting CF with the Reds in 3 years, then we’ll know the rebuild failed.

  2. David

    I have read reports that Jose Lopez is just a younger version of Luis Castillo. Much the same stuff, just a little younger.

    Tim Adleman is still on the 40 man. Why?

    • Michael E

      Some decisions leave many of us wondering if the FO has even watched a few of these players play. Adleman screams mediocre, low-ceiling, career AAA type.

  3. GreatRedLegsFan

    Who qualify for the Rule 5 Draft?

  4. Shchi Cossack

    The Reds look in pretty good shape again this year for the rule 5 draft. Elizalde and Dixon are available again this season and could be selected, but they both passed last year without being selected. Goeddel might get someone’s attention, but he’s been through the process previously and ended up with the Reds after a waiver claim. LaValley and his power potential could also be considered by someone, but stashing a 1B on the 25-man roster for an entire season is a lot more difficult than the Reds stashing Turner on the 25-man roster as a catcher last season.

    With the open spot on the 40-man roster, the Reds may be considering another flyer in the rule 5 draft or just possibly keeping options available.

  5. Matt

    What are the Reds going to do with Stuart Turner in 2018? Can he go to AAA now that he made it through 2017 on the 25 man roster?

    • Shchi Cossack

      Yes, Stuart is now a member of the Reds farm system. Stuart will play at AAA this season and be one call away from backing up the 25-man roster at catcher if Mesoraco or Barnhart go down.

  6. IndyRedMan

    Adleman? He wouldn’t be on my 80 man roster? I like Blandino though…don’t know why they didn’t give him a little taste in September? I’d platoon him w/Scooter and see what he can do? He’s shown more then Peraza offensively and Herrera is always hurt.

    • Michael E

      I don’t get Adleman either. I didn’t even get him getting more chances after his first token MLB appearance. He is completely lacking in pitching talent. Why he is in the org is its own question, much less placing him on a 40 man roster.