Which prospects should not be added to the Reds roster on September 1st?
The 2021 season is the first full season in which teams are now limited to adding just two players to the roster during the month of September. In past years, clubs could add anyone on the team’s 40-man roster. While the Cincinnati Reds have some top-level talent at Triple-A Louisville, some of the team’s top prospects should stay put.
The Reds have four players, according to MLB Pipeline, among the Top 100 prospects in all of baseball. Only recently drafted shortstop prospect Matt McLain is not currently playing at Triple-A Louisville. Will Cincinnati elevate some of their talented young players to the majors when the roster expands on September 1st?
Don’t look for the Reds to look to anyone at Double-A Chattanooga. While Graham Ashcraft haas put together quite the campaign in 2021, the right-hander still has some maturing to do before ascending to the big leagues.
Any promotion is likely to come from Triple-A Louisville. While Jose Barrero and Alejo Lopez have seen time in the majors this season, I don’t expect to see back in the bigs on September 1st. Barrero, according to MLB rules, must remain in Triple-A for a minimum of 10 days before returning to the major league roster. Lopez, since returning to Triple-A, has hit only .277 in 29 games.
It’s possible we’ll see Alex Blandino return to the lineup, though he has only hit .102 for the Bats since returning from injury. Mike Freeman is certainly an option, as the former Cleveland Indians’ infielder has hit .378 since being designated for assignment. While some of the aforementioned names make sense, who should Cincinnati refrain from adding when rosters expand?