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 bats during a game.
CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 28: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during a game. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

3. Why is Aristides Aquino still at the Reds alternate site?

Travis Jankowski is on the roster, but Aristides Aquino is not? C’mon Dick Williams. What are you doing Nick Krall? Josh VanMeter is the Reds designated hitter while hitting below .100 on the season? David Bell, what are you thinking? It’s time for The Punisher to rejoin the big leagues. The Reds offense sorely needs him.

I get it. The Cincinnati Reds outfield is cluttered. You’ve got Jesse Winker hitting the cover off the ball, Nick Castellanos is proving to be worth every dime you paid him this offseason and Shogo Akiyama’s defense is pretty darn good. Did you forget that you have an additional spot in the batting order with the addition of the universal DH?

Aristides Aquino is the perfect player to get in the box and take some hacks. Even if you’d prefer to put Winker in that role, Aquino can certainly handle left field. Aquino’s absence from the roster and Jankowski’s inclusion just makes zero sense. Even looking at Jankowski’s primary tool doesn’t warrant his presence on the roster over Aquino.

Last season, Aristides Aquino had a sprint speed of 28.7 feet per second according to Baseball Savant. Travis Jankowski’s sprint speed was 27.4 feet per second. Jankowski’s speed ranks in the 62nd percentile in all of Major League Baseball, while Aquino’s speed ranks in the 89th percentile. Attention Dick Williams; stop keeping Aquino at the alternate site and promote him to the active roster.