For the first couple of weeks of the Pandemic Season, teams will be allowed to carry up to 30 players on the active roster. When the preliminary roster was announced, it only included 28 players, which was kinda weird.
Well, today the Reds remedied that, adding the final two players to fill it up.
The #Reds have selected the contracts of IF Christian Colón and IF Matt Davidson. The 30-man roster is now full.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 24, 2020
Also today, the Reds designated for assignment RHP Justin Shafer and LHP Josh Smith. pic.twitter.com/zkjT4Nl3rr
Matt Davidson and Christian Colon take up two more infield spots, while to make room on the 40-man roster, relief pitchers Justin Shafer and Josh Smith (a different one than you’re thinking of) were shipped out.
Davidson displayed some pop from the right side of the plate during Summer Camp, and has a career line against LHP of .268/.344/.461, with experience as a Designated Hitter (more on that later in the day). He slugged .527 in the PCL last year with Nashville, and was a former top 100 type prospect, but is now 29 years old. Still, there’s a particular talent there. He can also back up 1B.
Colon spent last season in the Reds organization, hitting .300/.372/.443 in 582 PA with the Bats. He also got eight PA with the Reds last season, collecting three hits. He played all over the infield with the Bats, with most of his inning compiled at 3B, but also logged 123 innings at short. He’s a former first round pick of the Kansas City Royals.
I think most Reds fans would’ve predicted these two spots may go to the similarly profiled Aristides Aquino (masher) and Alex Blandino (up the middle fielder), but the outfield is particularly crowded in Aquino’s case. That said, Blandino has to be particularly disappointed, because I think if you had to peg a role for Alex on this club right now, it’d be precisely what Colon is being called upon to do.
Reds management obviously feels differently.