Cincinnati Reds: Final Opening Day roster predictions for the 2020 season

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18: Shogo Akiyama #4 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18: Shogo Akiyama #4 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 18: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Which 30 players will make the Cincinnati Reds roster?

The Cincinnati Reds open play against the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Expectations are high, as this year’s team has an elite-level starting rotation and an improved offense. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on Major League Baseball, and this year’s season has been reduced to just 60 games. Which 30 players are going to make the Reds roster Opening Day roster?

There aren’t many spots left up for grabs. The Cincinnati Reds have already informed non-roster invitees Brooks Raley and Nate Jones that they’ll be part of the Opening Day roster. The Cincinnati Reds have also said goodbye to left-handed sluggers Scott Schebler and Derek Dietrich. Schebler was designated for assignment and Dietrich was granted his release from the team.

Some high-profile prospects, who impressed during spring training and summer camp, are unlikely to make the Opening Day roster. Tyler Stephenson, a former first-round pick, looks to have the makings of a big league catcher. José García, the Reds shortstop of the future, put up some spectacular numbers during the spring, but he’s yet to even play at the Double-A level.

The majority of the 30-man roster has been set. However, a few openings remain, and it’s anyone’s guess who’ll snag those last few coveted spots. We’ve put out two previous predictions since summer camp began, but this will be our final prognostication of which players will make the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster.