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3 players the Reds may lose to the Rule 5 Draft after the MLB lockout

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JJ Cooper of Baseball America stated yesterday that the Rule 5 Draft, originally scheduled for this week, is expected to take place shortly after MLB lockout is over.

After MLB and the Player's Association failed to see eye to eye on a new collective bargaining agreement, the owners imposed a lockout and all transactions were halted.

Prior to the MLB lockout, the Cincinnati Reds added Hunter Greene, Allan Cerda, Alexis Díaz, Daniel Duarte, and James Marinan to the 40-man roster, effectively protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft.

It's noteworthy that the MiLB Rule 5 Draft will occur as normal this year, though it's unclear which players within the Reds organization are at risk of being selected.

We do, however, know several Cincinnati players who are eligible for the MLB Rule 5 Draft.

Which three Reds players are most likely to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft once the MLB lockout is over.

1. Lorenzo Cedrola, Reds outfield prospect

Probably the most interesting omission when the Cincinnati Reds added their group of minor leaguers to the 40-man roster was Lorenzo Cedrola.

Cedrola was once a top 20 prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Cedrola was dealt to the Reds in 2018 in exchange for international bonus pool money.

Lorenzo Cedrola is not a power-hitter, he's a contact hitter.

The 23-year-old has consistently kept his strikeout-rate down, but he is a free swinger, as his walk-rate in 106 games with Double-A Chattanooga last season was just 3.9%.

Cedrola found his way to Triple-A near the end of 2021 minor league season and saw action in nine games for the Louisville Bats.

Across three levels of competition the past two seasons, Cedrola owns a .298 batting average and a wRC+ of 116.

Cedrola is not a burner, though he has good enough speed. Still, it hasn't translated to the base paths as he stole 10 bases last season, but was also gunned down eight times.

Lorenzo Cedrola may be one of the few prospects plucked out of the Cincinnati Reds organization after the MLB lockout.

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