RR Reference Desk: Deluxe 40-man roster

And there's three of them now.

New from Red Reporter Reference Desk studios, an attempt to provide you with a Criterion Collection edition of the Reds' 40-man roster, including vital information on players that wasn't available in one place previously (pretty sure). And maybe a DVD commentary track or two to come.

Since the Reds have added quite a few new faces to the 40-man in just the last six months - Andrew Brackman may or may not be among them - it's time to get reacquainted. Among other things, you'll notice there's a surplus of infielders and a shortage of left-handed pitchers. After the jump is the roster and below are some facts about the roster. I can guarantee they're all fun, but they are mostly facts:

  • Longest-tenured player on 40-man (since MLB debut with Reds): Bronson Arroyo (Debuted April 5, 2006)
  • Longest-tenured player on 40-man (with the organization): Joey Votto (Signed June 5, 2002)
  • Shortest-tenured Red on 40-man: Yasmani Grandal (Signed August 16, 2010)
  • 2005 and 2007 are tied for the best-represented draft classes at 5 players each. 2007 was the most productive year of talent-harvesting for the Reds, in terms of raw numbers. Eight players acquired that year have made it to today's 40-man roster: Devin Mesoraco, Edinson Volquez, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Neftali Soto, Henry Rodriguez, Kyle Lotzkar and Donald Lutz.
  • A staggering 7 Reds' first round picks are currently on the roster, representing the team's top choices from '04-'10 (Bailey, Bruce, Stubbs, Mesoraco, Alonso, Leake and Grandal). An additional two (Lotzkar and Frazier) were supplemental first-round ("sandwich") picks. Bill Bray, meanwhile, was a first round pick by the Nationals when they were still the Expos.
  • The Reds entire projected 2012 infield were 2nd round picks: Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Scott Rolen - by three different teams across a span of 15 years.
  • 31 of 39 are home-grown talent, having never left the Reds organization.
  • 13 of 39, an even 1/3, are internationally-born players: Aroldis Chapman (Cuba), Johnny Cueto (DR), Kyle Lotzkar (Canada), Edinson Volquez (DR), Jose Arredondo (DR), Miguel Cairo (Venezuela), Juan Francisco (DR), DiDi Gregorius (Netherlands), Henry Rodriguez (Venezuela), Neftali Soto (PR), Joey Votto (Canada), Yonder Alonso (Cuba), Dennis Phipps (DR)
  • There are 8 left-handed hitting position players: Yasmani Grandal (S), Juan Francisco, DiDi Gregorius, Donald Lutz, Henry Rodriguez (S), Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Yonder Alonso,
  • But only 3 left-handed pitchers: Aroldis Chapman, Travis Wood, Bill Bray
  • Two switch hitters: Yasmani Grandal, Henry Rodriguez
  • 6 players have undergone Tommy John Surgery: Edinson Volquez, Jose Arredondo, Bill Bray, Paul Janish, Kyle Lotzkar and Zack Cozart. It's 7 when you count Nick Masset, who - if the internet can be trusted anymore - had TJ during high school in 2000.
  • Out of options: Jose Arredono, Bill Bray, Homer Bailey, Carlos Fisher, Juan Franciso, Nick Masset, Edinson Volquez

Starting Pitchers

Age (Srvc.)

B/T

Acquired?

Contract

Nickname(s)

Notes

Bronson Arroyo 35 (9.15) R/R Trade w/ BOS (3/20/06) '11-'13 Saturn Nuts, Badroyo/Goodroyo, The Nasty Hook 10-5 rights vest in early 2012; AS ('06), GG ('10)
Homer Bailey 26 (3.02) R/R 2004 7th pick overall by Reds in amateur draft Arb 1 in 2012 Old Hoss Out of options; Top 50 BA Prospect ('05-'08)
Aroldis Chapman 24 (1.03) L/L Defected, signed as amateur FA (1/11/10) Pre-arb (Projected arb after '13?) Cubandolero, Chapmania Top 50 BA Prospect ('10-'11), Largest bonus in Reds history, Native of Cuba
Johnny Cueto 26 (4.0) R/R Signed as amateur FA (3/16/04) '11-'14, '15 club option Kueto, Johnny Cuest Top 50 BA Prospect ('08), Native of DR
Mike Leake 24 (2.0) R/R 2009 8th pick overall by Reds in amateur draft Pre-arb (Projected arb after '12?) Top 100 BA Prospect ('10)
Kyle Lotzkar 22 (0) L/R 2007 53rd pick overall (suppl. 1st round) by Reds in amateur draft Pre-arb Lotzkar of the Hill People Best curveball in org (BA '10), TJ surgery in '09, Native of Canada
Pedro Villareal 24 (0) R/R 7th round pick by Reds 2008 amateur draft Pre-arb
Edinson Volquez 28 (4.06) R/R Trade w/ TEX (12/21/07) Arb 2 The Wagon, Voltron Out of options, TJ surgery (08/09), Top 100 BA Prospect ('06), Native of DR
Travis Wood 25 (1.04) R/L 2nd round pick by Reds in 2005 amateur draft Pre-arb MLB.com AA SP of Year ('09), Best changeup in org (BA '06 -'08,'10)

Relief Pitchers

Age (Srvc.)

B/T

Acquired?

Contract

Nickname(s)

Notes

Jose Arredondo 28 R/R Signed as FA (1/22/10) Arb 1 'Dondo, Arredon-d'oh Out of options, TJ surgery (12/09), Native of DR
Bill Bray 29 (4.02) L/L Trade w/ WAS (7/13/06) Arb 2 Out of options, TJ surgery (05/09), Best slider in Nats' org ('05), 1st round (#13) pick by Expos ('04)
Carlos Fisher 29 (1.138) R/R 11th round pick by Reds in 2005 amateur draft Pre-arb King Fisher Out of options
Sam LeCure 28 (1.072) R/R 4th round pick by Reds in 2005 Amateur draft Pre-arb #LeMania, Yosemite Sam, SamWow
Nick Masset 30 (4.146) R/R Trade w/ CHW (7/31/08) Arb 3 of 4 (Super Two) Masset Hound Out of options, TJ surgery during high school ('00)
Logan Ondrusek 27 (1.144) R/R 13th round pick by Reds in 2005 Amateur draft Pre-arb (projected arb after '12?) Lurch, Ondrusexy/
Ondrusucks

Catchers

Age (Srvc.)

B/T

Acquired?

Contract

Nickname(s)

Notes

Yasmani Grandal 23 (0) S/R 2010 13th pick overall by Reds in amateur draft Pre-arb Jazz Man, Yasmanian Devil BA Reds #4 Prospect ('12), Native of Cuba
Ryan Hanigan 31 (3.077) R/R Signed as amateur FA (8/23/02) '11-'13 RyHan, Ryan Air International League Mid- and Post-season AS ('08)
Devin Mesoraco 24 (.028) R/R 2007 15th pick overall by Reds in amateur draft Pre-arb Snacks, Golem, Meso-horny BA Reds #1 Prospect ('12), Top 100 BA Prospect ('11),

Infielders

Age (Srvc.)

B/T

Acquired?

Contract

Nickname(s)

Notes

Miguel Cairo 38 (13.110) R/R Signed as minor league FA (1/27/10) '11-'12 Old Giza Reds are Cairo's 9th major league org
Zack Cozart 26 (.084) R/R 2nd round pick by Reds in 2007 amateur draft Pre-arb The Coz BA Reds #5 Prospect ('12), BA AAA AS ('11), IL Mid- and Pos-season AS ('11), Best defensive infielder in org (BA '08-'09), TJ surgery (08/11)
Juan Francisco 25 (.156) L/R Signed as amateur FA (5/6/04) Pre-arb El Niño Destructor ("E.N.D.") Out of options, Right meniscus surgery (07/12), Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year ('08, '09)
Todd Frazier 26 (.071) R/R 2007 34th pick overall by Reds (suppl. first round) Pre-arb The Toddfather BA Top 50 Prospect ('10), BA Reds #1 Prospect ('10), BA Top 100 Prospect ('09), Southern League Mid- and Post-season AS ('09)
Didi Gregorius 22 (0) L/R Signed as amateur FA (2008) Pre-arb BA Reds #7 Prospect ('12), BA Best Defensive Infielder and Infield Arm ('12), Native of Netherlands
Paul Janish 29 (3.064) R/R 5th round pick by Reds in 2004 amateur draft Arb 1 Soft J BA Best Strike-zone Discipline in org ('08), TJ surgery (06/05)
Donald Lutz 23 (0) L/R Signed as amateur FA (7/15/07) Pre-arb Resident of Germany
Kris Negron 26 (0) R/R Trade w/ BOS (8/14/09) Pre-arb
Brandon Phillips 31 (7.022) R/R Trade w/ CLE (4/7/06) '08-'12 BP, DatDude AS ('10-'11), GG ('08, '10-'11), SS ('11), BP Top 50 Prospect ('02-'03)
Henry Rodriguez 22 (0) S/R Signed as amateur FA (3/27/07) Pre-arb H-Rod Ankle surgery (09/11), Native of Venezuela
Scott Rolen 37 (15.060) R/R Trade w/ TOR (7/31/09) '10-'12 Scotty Left shoulder surgery (08/11), ROY ('97), 7-time AS, 8-time GG
Neftali Soto 23 (0) R/R 3rd round pick by Reds in 2007 amateur draft Pre-arb BA Best Power Hitter in Reds org ('12), Native of PR
Chris Valaika 26 (.089) R/R 3rd round pick by in 2006 amateur draft Pre-arb Lake Monster Right knee ACL surgery (08/11)
Joey Votto 28 (4.027) L/R 2nd round pick in 2002 amateur draft '11-'13 Jo-EH, Vottomatic, The Say Eh Kid, MVP GG ('11), AS ('10-'11), MVP ('10), BA Top 50 Prospect ('07, '08),

Outfielders

Age (Srvc.)

B/T

Acquired?

Contract

Nickname(s)

Notes

Yonder Alonso 25 (.116) L/R 7th overall pick in 2008 amateur draft Pre-arb BA Reds #3 Prospect ('12), Best hitter for average, strike-zone discipline (BA '10-'12), BA Top 50 Prospect ('09-'10), BA Top 100 Prospect ('11)
Jay Bruce 25 (3.125) L/L 12th overall pick in 2005 amateur draft '11-'16 (Team option in '17) Bruce Almighty, HOVA, The Boss, Bruuuuuce AS ('11), BA #1 Prospect ('08), Top 50 ('07), Top 100 ('06)
Chris Heisey 27 (1.157) R/R 17th round pick in '06 amateur draft Pre-arb (Projected arb after '12?) Hi-Z, Hi-C Reds Minor League Player of the Year ('09)
Dennis Phipps 26 (0) R/R Signed as amateur FA (5/3/04) Pre-arb Native of DR
Dave Sappelt 25 (.053) R/R 9th round pick in 2008 amateur draft Pre-arb Sappelt's Show Southern League AS and MVP ('10) BA AA All Star ('10), Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year ('10)
Drew Stubbs 27 (2.047) R/R 8th pick overall in 2006 amateur draft Pre-arb (Projected arb after '12) Stubby, Light Tower Power (LTP), StubbHub First Red to steal 40 bases since '97 ('11), Led NL in SO ('11), BA Top 100 Prospect ('07-'08)


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