Reds Prospects

3 prospects the Reds should add to the 40-man roster in addition to Hunter Greene

Louisville Bats' Hunter Greene (3) delivers a pitch.
Louisville Bats' Hunter Greene (3) delivers a pitch. / Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal via Imagn
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General manager Nick Krall has already said that Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene will be added to the 40-man roster.

With the 6 PM deadline on Friday for all teams to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, who else should join Greene on the Reds 40-man roster?

1. Brian Rey, Reds infield prospect

Brian Rey was a 13th-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. The 23-year-old rocketed up through the farm system last season, seeing time at three different levels.

Rey spent the first part of the 2021 season with the Reds' High-A affiliate, the Dayton Dragons.

It took only 13 games at that level for Cincinnati's front office to realize that they may have something special on their hands.

At Dayton, Rey hit .423/.421/.904. Yep, that'll type of production will get you a promotion very quickly.

Rey's longest tenure last season was at Double-A Chattanooga where the versatile infielder slashed .255/.348/.321.

Brian Rey received one more bump at the end of the season and closed his 2021 campaign hitting .385/.529/.462 in four games with Triple-A Louisville.

Rey's versatility in the field can not be overstated. We saw the value last season of players like Alejo Lopez and Max Schrock.

Rey is in a similar mold, as he's able to field multiple positions in both the infield and the outfield, though most scouts would likely see second base as his primary position.

While playing at the same level (High-A) Rey's production from 2019 (.146/.212/.188) to 2021 (.423/.421/.904) dramatically increased.

I've been unashamed to sing Brian Rey's praises all season and I'm not going to stop now. This young man should have a spot on Cincinnati's 40-man roster.

Having elevated Rey to Triple-A last season, another team may be waiting in the wings to pluck the Florida native from the Reds roster during the Rule 5 Draft.