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4 Reds who could lose their 40-man roster spot after Cincinnati selected 5 prospects

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ryan Hendrix (68) delivers the ball.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ryan Hendrix (68) delivers the ball. / Meg Vogel via Imagn Content Services,
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The Cincinnati Reds' roster now stands at 40 after the team selected Hunter Greene and four other prospects last Friday.

With free agency in full swing and the hot stove burning, which Reds players are in jeopardy of losing their spot on the 40-man roster?

1. Ryan Hendrix, Reds pitcher

Sadly, Ryan Hendrix has to be atop the list for me. The right-hander got off to a roaring start in 2021 and then came completely unglued.

Hendrix was added to the 40-man roster last offseason after posting a 2.33 ERA in 19.1 innings of work at Double-A Chattanooga.

Hendrix was quickly promoted to the big leagues in the spring prior to the kick off of the minor league season.

Hendrix didn't allow a run or even a hit in his first five appearances out of the Cincinnati bullpen while punching out five of the 12 batters he faced.

Then, on May 8th versus the Cleveland Indians, Ryan Hendrix allowed three runs on three hits and didn't record a strikeout.

It was all downhill from there. The right-hander struggled mightily during his remaining tenure with the big league club.

Hendrix went 28.2 innings from May 8th through July 28th, and while he recorded 30 strikeouts, the 26-year-old also allowed 13 free passes.

Hendrix posted a 6.59 ERA and 6.17 FIP during those 31 appearances. The 24.6% strikeout-rate is nice, but the 11.3% walk-rate is not.

Hendrix recorded -0.4 fWAR on the season, and once he was sent back to Triple-A Louisville, the right-hander never returned to the majors.

In 15.2 innings with the Bats, Ryan Hendrix put up an ERA of 8.62 while striking out 15 batters and walking nine.

If Cincinnati decides to keep Hendrix on the 40-man roster, he'll be in competition for a spot in the bullpen next season.

However, if the Reds see promise in another young hurler, I could easily see the Cincinnati Reds removing Hendrix from the 40-man roster.

We saw something similar with former pitcher Jimmy Herget. The right-hander offered a nice repertoire of pitches, but his arsenal wasn't enough to keep him on the roster.