2. Reds RHP Levi Stoudt hasn't done enough to keep his roster spot
Levi Stoudt was part of the Cincinnati Reds 2022 trade that sent Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. In addition to Stoudt, the Reds also landed Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, and Andrew Moore.
Stoudt was hardly a "throw-in". A former third-round pick of the Mariners back in 2019, Stoudt was in the mix to be part of the Reds 2023 Opening Day starting rotation. But a tough spring training saw the right-hander begin his season in Triple-A.
Stoudt yo-yo'd between Triple-A and the big leagues last season, and the 25-year-old had mostly negative results. In four major league appearances, including two starts, Stoudt posted a miserable 9.58 ERA and 2.32 WHIP.
It's hardly fair to outright condemn Stoudt's performance based off little more than 10 innings of work. But his production in the minor leagues wasn't anything to write home about either.
According to FanGraphs, Levi Stoudt posted a 6.23 ERA and 7.40 FIP in 82.1 innings of work at Triple-A Louisville last season. Even worse, however, might be Stoudt's 13-percent walk-rate and 5.47 walks per nine innings.
Stoudt faces some stiff competition this spring in order to secure a spot in the Reds starting rotation, and is probably ticketed for a relief role going forward. But if the Cincinnati Reds add arms this offseason, Stoudt may lose his spot on the 40-man roster.