Projecting the 2022 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster 1.0

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) fields a groundball.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) fields a groundball. / Kareem Elgazzar / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) throws a pitch. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds bullpen (8)

Lucas Sims (RHP), Amir Garrett (LHP), Tony Santillan (RHP), Luis Cessa (RHP), Justin Wilson (LHP), Jeff Hoffman (RHP), Art Warren (RHP), Ben Lively (RHP)

The Reds bullpen heading into spring training already looks better than the one Cincinnati sent to the diamond on Opening Day last year. Gone are Sean Doolittle, Cionel Pérez, Cam Bedrosian, Sal Romano, and Carson Fulmer. But, there are still some uncertainties among the group David Bell will call upon to close out games in 2022.

Several of these players, barring injury, are locks to be in the Reds pen. Lucas Sims, Amir Garrett, Luis Cessa, Art Warren, and Justin Wilson will all be on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. The pair of southpaws (Garrett and Wilson) don't inspire a lot of confidence, but there aren't any other left-handed relievers on the Reds roster currently.

Hoffman feels like a safe bet to make the squad after making improvements following his switch from starter to reliever. Tony Santillan experienced a similar turn around, and the only way we won't see the right-hander in the Reds bullpen is if it's deemed necessary to give him another go in the rotation.

Ben Lively is a player to follow this spring, and could even find his name in the conversation for the starting rotation. The last two seasons saw the former Cincinnati Reds draft pick put up solid numbers in the KBO as a starter. Lively is a non-roster invitee, but could find his way onto the 40-man roster.

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Some other names to keep an eye on are Dauri Moreta. The right-hander ascended quickly up through the farm system last season and made his major league debut in late-September. Brandon Bailey is another player to watch, but after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, he's unlikely to be ready for the start of the season.