The Cincinnati faithful have had to say goodbye to some fan-favorites this spring. Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suárez, and Sonny Gray will all be wearing different uniforms in 2022 than the ones they donned last season. But, the absence of some of the Cincinnati Reds' well-known stars has opened the door for some new faces.
One of them is Hunter Greene. The former No. 2 overall pick was tabbed to be part of the Reds Opening Day roster. Greene is slated to make his big league debut on April 10th versus the defending champion Atlanta Braves.
In addition, it appears that fellow rookie Dauri Moreta will be part of the Reds Opening Day roster as well. While Moreta made his major league debut in 2021, it's no small feat to be named to a team's Opening Day roster.
Dauri Moreta is reportedly part of the Reds Opening Day roster.
According to MLB insider Hector Gómez, right-hander Dauri Moreta will be part of the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. The expansion from 26 to 28 players for the first month of the 2022 season no doubt helped Moreta earn his way onto the roster, but the 25-year-old was going to make if tough on David Bell to leave him off even if the additional spots were not added.
Moreta had an impressive showing last week against the heart of the Los Angelels Dodgers' batting order. In 2021, Moreta appeared in four games for the Reds are the tail-end of the season and posted a 2.45 ERA in 3.2 innings of work.
Moreta did most of his damage split between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. Over 53 innings of work, Moreta posted a 1.06 ERA and a 29.1% strikeout-rate. Perhaps more impressive was Moreta's 4.5% walk-rate.
If Dauri Moreta's abilities can translate to the big leagues, then the Cincinnati Reds might have a real find on their hands. Moreta has minor league options remaining, so if he runs into trouble, it wouldn't be surprising to see the right-hander sent back to Triple-A for some fine-tuning. Congratulations are in order for Dauri Moreta.