Earlier today, ahead of the 4 PM deadline, the Cincinnati Reds announced their 60 man player pool that will be returning to Cincinnati for the restart of the Major League Baseball season.
The first list is of 35 players that will be joining the “main” club in Downtown Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park for Spring Training part 2: Summer Camp. The second list is of 22 players that will be reporting to Prasco Park in nearby Mason, Ohio, the site of the team’s “taxi squad.”
Not a ton of surprises here. Aristides Aquino is starting in Mason and not with the main club, which was one of the biggest question marks back during Spring Training part one. The most likely reason for that is the presence of Mark Payton, a Rule 5 draft pick. It’s not incredibly clear to me how this works at this point, but it’s not likely that Payton will be able to be put on that “taxi squad” without first being offered back to the Athletics.
Also missing from each list is Derek Dietrich, which is somewhat interesting. He’s still in the organization:
Krall said Dietrich is still in the organization but left him off to maintain roster flexiblity. He could be added later. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 28, 2020
Other interesting names of note on the Prasco list are Nick Lodolo, Tyler Stephenson, Jose Garcia, Jonathan India, and Stu Fairchild. It’s not likely any of them project to help the Reds this season, but it should be good for the development. At least they’ll still have access to the major league club and trainers in the absence of a minor league season.
Interestingly, Hunter Greene is not currently on the list, which is something Wick touched on last week.
Also, you’ll note that the total number of players only adds up to 57, so there are still a few decisions yet to be made.