Reds Prospects

3 Reds prospects who should be added to the roster

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (79) waits for a signal in the first inning of the
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (79) waits for a signal in the first inning of the / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,
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In order to protect some of their high-value prospects from being selected during the Rule 5 Draft, the Cincinnati Reds will need to add a few players to the team's 40-man roster in the next few weeks. The Rule 5 Draft, which is always a part of MLB's Winter Meetings, is slated to take place on December 9th.

Last offseason, the Reds added Vladimir Gutierrez and Riley O'Brien to the 40-man roster. Young prospects like Jonathan India, Dauri Moreta, Alejo Lopez, and TJ Friedl were all added throughout the season.

This offseason, Cincinnati will have to make some decisions about some of their more highly-touted prospects. Nick Lodolo, Cincinnati's 2019 first-round draft pick, though likely to join the 40-man roster, is not eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, so don't look for the Redlegs to add the left-hander to the roster just yet.

1. Hunter Greene, Reds pitching prospect

The most obvious prospect to be added to Cincinnati's 40-man roster will be former first-round draft pick Hunter Greene. The Reds first-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, Greene is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.

Greene made his way to Triple-A last season after beginning the year in Double-A Chattanooga. The right-hander went 41 innings with the Lookouts last season and posted a 1.98 ERA and 60 strikeouts.

Greene then made his Triple-A debut in June. The 21-year-old went 5-8 with a 4.13 ERA. The flamethrower recorded 79 punch outs over 65.1 innings of work. Greene was then shutdown after a start in September after he'd reached his innings limit.

Greene missed the entire 2019 minor league season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and last season was wiped out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Greene did, however, get some work at the Reds' alternate site in 2020.

Book it! Write it in permanent ink! Hunter Greene will be added to the Cincinnati Reds' 40-man roster this offseason. Whether he begins the season as part of the team's starting rotation is another story.