In order to protect some of their high-value prospects against selection in the rule 5 draft, the Cincinnati Reds will need to add a few players to the squad’s 40-man roster in the coming weeks. The rule 5 draft, which is still a part of the MLB winter meetings, is scheduled to take place on December 9.
Last offseason, the Reds added Vladimir Gutierrez and Riley O’Brien to the 40-man roster. Young prospects like Jonathan India, Dauri Moreta, Alejo Lopez and TJ Friedl have all been added throughout the season.
This offseason, Cincinnati will have to make decisions about some of their most touted prospects. Nick Lodolo, Cincinnati’s first-round pick in the 2019 draft, although he is likely to join the 40-man roster, is not eligible for the rule 5 draft, so don’t look for the Redlegs to add the left-handed to the list for now.
Most obvious prospect to add to Cincinnati’s 40-man roster will be the former first-round draft pick Hunter Greene. The Reds’ first-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, Greene is one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball.
Greene made it to Triple-A last season after starting the year at Double-A Chattanooga. The right-hander played 41 innings with the Lookouts last season and posted a 1.98 ERA and 60 strikeouts.
Greene then made his Triple-A debut in June. The 21-year-old is 5-8 with a 4.13 ERA. The flamethrower recorded 79 punches in 65.1 innings of work. Greene was then stopped after a start in September after reaching his innings limit.
Greene missed the entire 2019 minor league season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery and last season was wiped out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Greene did, however, get work on the Reds’ alternate site in 2020.
To book! Write it in permanent ink! Hunter Greene will be added to the Cincinnati Reds’ 40-man roster this offseason. Whether he starts the season as part of the team’s starting rotation is another story.