Reds Prospects

2 infield prospects who will be added to the Reds roster and 1 who will not

Cincinnai Reds prospects Elly De La Cruz.
Cincinnai Reds prospects Elly De La Cruz. / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages
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Well, it's almost time to focus on the offseason, Reds Country. With the 2022 season coming to a close, all eyes will be on how the Cincinnati Reds handle things over the winter.

One of the biggest tasks ahead for Reds General Manager Nick Krall and the Cincinnati front office is the club's roster construction heading into next season. The Reds said goodbye to several veterans in 2022 but will be saying hello to a bevy of young talent in 2023.

Infielder Spencer Steer was already added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster, but the team will have to add a few more players to the offseason roster in order to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft in December. Which two infielders are guaranteed to be added to the roster and which one will be left in the cold?

Reds SS prospect Noelvi Marte will be added to the roster.

Noelvi Marte was the biggest name that came over from Seattle in the trade deadline deal with the Mariners. Marte, along with fellow shortstop Edwin Arroyo and pitcher Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Luis Castillo.

Marte is an infielder for now, but there are some that believe the shortstop could eventually change positions. With Arroyo, Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Jose Torres all highly-regarded shortstop prospects, at least one or two of them are going to have to switch positions.

What that may mean for Marte is a shift to his right to eventually become a third baseman. There is also the possibility that the 20-year-old could eventually find a home in the outfield. Regardless, it is Marte's bat, not his glove that excites the Reds' front office.

Noelvi Marte is an advanced hitter for his age, and it's odd to see such a young player added to a team's 40-man roster. But with Marte signing as an international free agent back in 2018, now is the time that he'll need to be added in order to protect the young infielder from the Rule 5 Draft.