The Cincinnati Reds season is winding down and the roster crunch is imminent. Every offseason, there are a handful of young players who need to be added to a team's 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
Last season, Cincinnati added four pitchers (Alexis Diaz, Daniel Duarte, James Marinan, and Hunter Greene) to the roster. Outfielder Allan Cerda was added as well.
This year, chances are good that Cincinnati may add upwards of seven players to the team's 40-man roster. Which two pitching prospects are a lock to be added this offseason and which hurler may be left off?
Reds RHP prospect Levi Stoudt will be added to the 40-man roster.
Levi Stoudt was one of the Cincinnati Reds' key acquisitions at the MLB trade deadline. Cincinnati landed Stoudt along with shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore in exchange for Luis Castillo.
Stoudt is ranked as the 24th-best prospect in the Reds farm system according to MLB Pipeline. Stoudt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019 and returned to the mound last season for just 15 starts. After making just one appearance at Double-A Chattanooga, Stoudt was bumped up to Triple-A Louisville.
A short stint on the IL cut into Stoudt's playing time this past August, but the right-hander has since returned to the Louisville Bats' rotation. Stoudt has a four-pitch mix and the Reds will be looking to use him as a starter, however, the possibility exists for the 24-year-old to end up in the Cincinnati bullpen.
With so many "starting pitchers" in the Reds pipeline and Levi Stoudt's injury history, it would not be surprising to see the former third-round pick begin his career out of the bullpen in a swingman role, similar to that of Jeff Hoffman or Luis Cessa. But rest assured that Stoudt will be added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster this offseason.