The Cincinnati Reds have yet to officially announce their 2022 Opening Day roster, but for all intents and purposes, the 28 players ready to leave Goodyear, Arizona on a flight to Atlanta, Georgia are set. The Reds will employ 11 relievers to begin the season, four starting pitchers, and 13 position players.
The latest blow to the Reds Opening Day roster was the loss of utility player Max Schrock. The 27-year-old will miss 4-6 weeks with a calf injury. Schrock will be joined by infielders Jose Barrero and Donovan Solano on the Injured List, as well as pitchers Justin Dunn, Luis Castillo, Tejay Antone, Mike Minor, and Lucas Sims.
While it's always exciting times for prospects and young players within an organization to find out that they made the Opening Day roster, sometimes that jubilation is short-lived. Last season, Cam Bedrosian broke camp with the Reds but lasted only six games.
Right-hander R.J. Alaniz was called up for just three appearances in 2021 and Edgar Garcia was dismissed after 4.1 innings of work. So with those scenarios in mind, which three Reds players might find their time on the Opening Day roster to be over rather quickly?
1. Daniel Duarte, Reds right-handed pitcher
The Cincinnati Reds bullpen will have a pair of unfamiliar faces joining them on Opening Day and one is Daniel Duarte. The 25-year-old was added to the team's 40-man roster last fall and made a good enough impression this spring to find his way onto the Reds Opening Day roster.
Duarte pitched well last season across three levels of the minor leagues. Combined, Duarte appeared in 19 games and covered 23.2 innings while punching out 32 batters. The right-hander posted a 3.11 ERA and a 31.8% strikeout-rate. However, the 11.8% walk-rate is what's concerning.
Duarte will likely be yo-yo'd between Cincinnati and Triple-A Louisville this season unless he makes a tremendous impact during his first taste of the big leagues. The Reds do have a handful of other relievers who could be sent down as well, so Daniel Duarte will have to excel in their early going in order to maintain his spot on the roster.