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.
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.
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