3 non-roster invitees who will make Reds Opening Day roster and 2 who will come up just short

Cincinnati Reds infielder Jason Vosler
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Reds non-roster invitee Chad Pinder will be on the Reds Opening Day roster.

Chad Pinder had a nice career with the Oakland Athletics. A former second-round pick of the A's back in 2013, Pinder possesses the type of versatility that David Bell and the Cincinnati Reds coaching staff absolutely love.

Last season, Pinder saw time at every infield spot outside of catcher and played both corner outfield spots. With defensive versatility becoming more and more important in today's game, Pinder could easily sneak onto the Reds 26-man roster.

The most logical scenario would be as a platoon left fielder alongside Jake Fraley. Pinder's career splits against left-handed pitchers are over 100 points higher than when a right-handed hurler is on the bump. Fraley crushed right-handed pitchers last season, but failed miserably against lefties.

Pinder's biggest competition this spring will probably come from a pair of right-handed hitting outfielders. Nick Solak and Will Benson, both of whom the Reds acquired in trades this offseason, will be looking to cement their place in the Cincinnati lineup as well.

Ever since Chad Pinder signed a minor league contract with the Redlegs earlier this offseason, it felt like a forgone conclusion that the 31-year-old would break camp with the team. While his career on-base percentage of .294 is not good at all, look for Bell and crew to go with the veteran on Opening Day.