Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte, the top-rated prospects within the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system, had been among the many six gamers added to the 40-man roster Tuesday whereas Aristides Aquino and Jeff Hoffman had been two of the cuts.
Tuesday was the deadline to shield prospects from December’s Rule 5 Draft, and the Reds added De La Cruz, Marte, left-hander Brandon Williamson and right-handed pitchers Levi Stoudt, Lyon Richardson and Ricky Karcher to the 40-man roster.
The six gamers designated for project to make house on the 40-man roster had been Aquino, Hoffman, and pitchers Art Warren, Derek Law, Jared Solomon and Kyle Dowdy. Aquino, Hoffman and Law had been eligible for arbitration. Warren is anticipated to miss the 2023 season after he underwent elbow surgical procedure in September.
The roster cut doubtless closes the door on Aquino’s tenure with the Reds. He earned National League participant of the month honors throughout his first month within the massive leagues in 2019, however he by no means got here shut to replicating that stage of consistency.
“(Aquino is) a very good individual, a likeable man within the clubhouse,” Reds General Manager Nick Krall mentioned. “We want him the very best. I believe he is proven some streakiness the place he is been actually good and he is performed some fairly good protection. It’s simply with the place we’re with the roster and at-bats we’d like to give different guys, he wasn’t a fantastic match proper now.”
The Reds misplaced some bullpen depth with their strikes to cut Hoffman, Law and Solomon. Hoffman was a strong center reliever, however struggled in high-leverage conditions earlier than ending his season with an elbow damage. Law pitched nicely on the finish of the season after he signed with the Reds in August on a minor-league deal, and Solomon made 9 aid appearances.
“Our bullpen pitched fairly nicely on the finish of the season,” Krall mentioned. “We had to make some powerful calls with a number of the bullpen guys. It additionally permits us to shield guys, Buck Farmer, (Ian) Gibaut, a number of the guys with (minor league) choices. It gave us extra flexibility.”
De La Cruz had probably the greatest minor league seasons in all of baseball, batting .304 with 28 homers, 31 doubles, 9 triples, 86 RBI and 47 stolen bases in 120 video games. De La Cruz, who will flip 21 in January, spent the ultimate two months of the season in Double-A and was one of many youngest gamers at that stage.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 200 kilos, De La Cruz has been a star within the Dominican Winter League over the previous month, though he’ll be shut down on the finish of the week due to fatigue. He’s performed almost 150 video games this yr.
“It’s taking one step at a time with him,” Krall mentioned. “He performed two months in Double-A. He went to winter ball, and he performed nicely in winter ball. He wants to proceed to develop, and we’ll see what occurs.”
Marte, who began taking part in third base within the Arizona Fall League, was the top-rated prospect within the Luis Castillo commerce. The 21-year-old hit .279 with 19 homers, 23 doubles and 68 RBI in 115 video games at High-Some time producing a .371 on-base proportion. He’s anticipated to begin subsequent yr in Double-A.
Williamson, 24, entered the 2022 season as a borderline top-100 prospect, however struggled together with his command. In 27 begins between Double-A and Triple-A, he posted a 4.11 ERA with 123 strikeouts and 77 walks in 122 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-6 lefty was the top-rated prospect acquired from Seattle within the Eugenio Suárez/Jesse Winker commerce and can compete for a spot within the Reds’ rotation subsequent spring.
Stoudt, together with Marte, was one of many 4 gamers within the Castillo commerce. He had an up-and-down season in Double-A, earlier than pitching nicely with the Reds in Triple-A. He recorded a 4.70 ERA throughout 25 begins with 103 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111 innings and he’ll flip 25 years outdated in December.
Richardson missed all the 2022 season recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure, however the Reds did not need to danger a group taking him within the Rule 5 Draft as a bullpen arm. Turning 23 in January, Richardson has but to pitch above High-A, however he profiles as a beginning pitcher and was a second-round choose in 2018.
“(Richardson) was throwing 98-99 mph on the finish of tutorial league, so we felt there was no want to danger it with him,” Krall mentioned. “Whether he begins in High-A or Double-A, he is bought an opportunity to be a professional big-league pitcher and there was no want to go away him unprotected. We felt it was higher secure than sorry.”
Karcher, 25, was a Thirteenth-round choose within the 2017 MLB Draft. With a fastball within the upper-90s and sharp slider, he had probably the greatest strikeout charges within the farm system this yr, totaling 88 strikeouts and 40 walks throughout 56 2/3 innings whereas recording 10 saves. He made 32 appearances at Triple-A Louisville (3.98 ERA), so he’ll compete for a spot within the Opening Day bullpen throughout spring coaching.
“Ricky’s been a man that is had some stroll points over the previous couple of years, toned them down a bit bit this yr and did significantly better the second half of the season,” Krall mentioned. “We had been enthusiastic about the place he was. We considered bringing him up in September. With an expanded roster you might need, however he was a no brainer for us to add.”
The subsequent roster deadline is Friday when groups should resolve whether or not to assure 2023 contracts to arbitration-eligible gamers or launch them. The Reds nonetheless have seven arbitration-eligible gamers on their roster: Kyle Farmer, Buck Farmer, Luis Cessa, Lucas Sims, Nick Senzel, Justin Dunn and Tejay Antone.