Tomorrow, Reds expected to promote Contreras, Corcino, Elmore, Holmberg, Hoover, Barnhart, Lutz, YRodriguez, Bourgeois, Dennick.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 1, 2014
Every year, baseball celebrates the coming of fall with a taste of spring. The Reds announced that they are inviting 10 players to join them in Baltimore. Most of the players announced aren't a surprise. Six of the 10 (Contreras, Corcino, Holmberg, Hoover, Barnhart and Lutz) have already spent time with the club this season. Additionally, Elmore and - copy 'n' paste - Bourgeois both have major league experience. Yorman Rodriguez and Ryan Dennick will be making their major league debuts.
Yorman has the most prospect cache of anyone in this class and is probably the most anticipated call-up, except for all you Jake Elmore-heads.
Dennick and Bourgeois are both surprises. Dennick is a lefty - the Reds have been seeking another one of those in the bullpen for a while - but Bourgeois wouldn't seem to be in the plan for next year. He may be up mainly to pinch run and help with the spoilering. For those two, the Reds used an open 40-man spot and also placed Homer Bailey on the 60-day DL, which effectively ends his season.
There was some thought the team might add infielder Rey Navarro or the piping hot Kyle Waldrop. Unless I'm wrong, Navarro will be a minor league free agent if he's not added to the 40-man by the deadline in November. Waldrop will be added this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
The Reds can still bring in more reinforcements. On the 40-man, but currently left out are: Neftali Soto, Juan Duran, Curtis Partch, Raisel Iglesias and Ismael Guillon. Soto and Partch might have a chance, but the club seems to pretty low on Soto, in particular.
It's not the most sizzling crop of call-ups, but let's make it a September to Remember.