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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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Cincinnati Reds left fielder Aristides Aquino (44) reacts as he rounds the bases.
Cincinnati Reds left fielder Aristides Aquino (44) reacts as he rounds the bases. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

2. Aristides Aquino, Reds outfielder

Aristides Aquino's struggles have been well-documented. Since winning Player of the Month honors in August of 2019, it's been a virtual free-fall for The Punisher.

Aquino has talent, but inconsistent play resulted in the 27-year-old losing time on the field to players like Max Schrock and TJ Friedl.

Aquino has tremendous power, but that power means little if he can't hit and/ or recognize a breaking ball.

Aquino is free swinger, though his 13.2% walk-rate shows a more patient approach. But Aquino's 36.8% strikeout-rate is hard to ignore.

Nearly four out of every 10 at-bats Aquino is going down swinging. That's not the type of results that David Bell or the Reds front office can tolerate for much longer.

Being that he's out of minor league options, Aristides Aquino must remain on the active roster next season or be made available to other teams via waivers.

Aquino is prime candidate to be non-tendered this offseason, though if the Reds have no need at the time for an additional roster spot, The Punisher may make it to Goodyear.

The Reds may also look to trade Aquino this winter. There's likely little interest in making a deal for Aquino, but Cincinnati may at least try to snag some depth for the farm system.

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