Cincinnati Reds: Predicting 30-man roster with summer camp underway

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 10: Michael Lorenzen #21 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 10: Michael Lorenzen #21 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 15: Raisel Iglesias #26 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Reds relief corps (10)

Pedro Strop (RHP), Lucas Sims (RHP), Michael Lorenzen (RHP), Cody Reed (LHP), Raisel Iglesias (RHP), Nate Jones (RHP), Tyler Mahle (RHP), Robert Stephenson (RHP), Sal Romano (RHP) and Amir Garrett (LHP)

The Cincinnati Reds are likely to carry 10 relievers into the 2020 season. Wear and tear on the starting rotation will be a key factor to monitor during the upcoming season. Thankfully for Cincinnati, both Lucas Sims and Tyler Mahle have a history of starting and can offer the rotation a break in the early-going.

The backend of the Reds bullpen is a lock. Pedro Strop, Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett and Robert Stephenson all have a secure spot on the 2020 roster. Lorenzen has voiced his desire to play all 60 games, Iglesias is looking for a bounce-back season after a horrendous showing in 2019, and Garrett is ready to build off an impressive 2019 campaign.

If he’s healthy, you can pencil in Nate Jones among those likely to have a spot in the Reds bullpen as well. The former Chicago White Sox reliever has struggled to stay healthy in the past, but when he’s on, he doesn’t make at-bats easy on the hitters. So far, the right-hander has remained healthy since signing with Cincinnati as a non-roster invitee.

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Speaking of non-roster invitees, we added Sal Romano to this projection and removed Tyler Thornburg. It’s obvious that the Reds see something special in Romano, otherwise he wouldn’t have been invited to camp. Cody Reed is another player who does not have a stranglehold on a spot yet, but he’s out of options and a good bet to make the Opening Day roster.