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Projecting the 2026 Cincinnati Reds starting rotation

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (79) waits for a signal.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (79) waits for a signal. / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,
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Reds Country has no idea what their team's starting rotation will look like next season.

With Wade Miley off to the Windy City, the Cincinnati Reds already have one vacancy they'll need to fill before March 31, 2022.

Recent reports suggest that Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are off limits in trade talks, but Sonny Gray may be dealt later this offseason.

The Reds recently added top pitching prospect Hunter Greene to the 40-man roster; a signal that the flamethrower might be in the mix for a starting spot next season.

Cincinnati's farm system is also loaded with potential. Several young hurlers have proven their mettle and are looking to showcase their talent heading into next season.

So, while we don't yet know who'll be part of the Reds rotation in next season, who might be Cincinnati's five starters when the 2026 season begins?

1. Hunter Greene, Reds right-handed pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds took Hunter Greene with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft for a reason.

Greene has franchise-altering potential. The right-hander is one of the best young pitching prospects in the game.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018, Greene missed the entire 2019 season.

The coronavirus pandemic shutdown the 2020 minor league season, though Greene did plenty of work at the Reds alternate site in Mason, Ohio.

The 2021 season saw Hunter Greene return to the field for the first time since 2018, and the hard-throwing right-hander didn't disappoint.

The injury, in no way, affected Greene's velocity, as the 21-year-old needed just seven starts at Double-A Chattanooga to prove he was ready for a jump to the next level.

Greene pitched in 14 games at Triple-A Louisville before reaching his innings limit. Greene posted a 4.13 ERA and 79 punch outs over 65.1 innings with the Bats.

Hunter Greene has the opportunity to be the face of the Cincinnati Reds franchise.

If Greene's on-field production matches his off-the-field generosity and character, the Reds will have a superstar in their midst.

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