Cincinnati Reds: Four players who should be promoted to the active roster

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds swings for the fences.
CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 28: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Reds need some reinforcements from the team’s alternate site.

The Cincinnati Reds are squandering a golden opportunity in 2020. Though the circumstances surrounding this season are not ideal, two of the Reds five starters will enter free agency this winter and Nick Castellanos can opt out of his 2021 contract. The Reds front office needs to light a fire under the players and these four, currently at the alternate site, could provide the necessary spark.

The current road trip could make or break this season. Nick Senzel is on the injured list and Cincinnati is coming off a four-day interruption in the schedule due to concerns over COVID-19, but this year’s team is better than their 10-13 record. Currently, the Reds are out of the playoff picture, and that’s unacceptable in a season that will see eight teams from the NL go to the postseason.

This year’s roster is unique, in that each team has 28 players on the active roster. Looking over the crop that Cincinnati has chosen, there’s room for improvement. Travis Jankowski? C’mon, the utility outfielder is little more than a pinch runner late in games. Josh VanMeter, I love ya, but last year’s rookie is not getting consistent at-bats and is hitting .063.

It’s time to shake things up. But who should the Reds turn to? Thankfully, this season, each team has a 60-man player pool to select from. We’ve already seen Cincinnati dip into their crop of players at Prasco Park, but maybe it’s time to go back to the well. Yesterday, we looked at who should be sent to Prasco Park. Today let’s look at which four players from the alternate site should join the active roster?