2 Reds players moving up the depth chart and 2 moving down

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alex Young
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alex Young / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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Reds reliever Alex Young is moving up the depth chart.

It's probably fair to say that coming into the 2023 season, Reiver Sanmartin was David Bell's best left-handed option coming out of the bullpen. Well, move up Sanmartin, because Alex Young has taken that mantle after a red-hot start to the season.

Young always felt like the extra lefty that was bound to break camp with the Reds. The team doubled-down on that notion after trading fellow southpaw Bennett Sousa to the Milwaukee Brewers recently.

But Young's production last season with the San Francisco Giants was certainly impressive. Young went 1-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 25 games. The lefty struck out 21 batters, but did walk 11, which may have been the reason Young was only able to find a minor-league deal this past offseason.

Young has been one of the best relievers to begin the season for Cincinnati. I know that's not saying much, but Young has done his job when called upon and will likely receive higher-leverage opportunities as the 2023 season progresses.

With Sousa being dealt, the only left-handed relievers on the 40-man roster are Alex Young and the aforementioned Reiver Sanmartin. Young won't be going anywhere any time soon and has solidified his spot on the Reds depth chart.