3 players the Reds should target in 2022 Rule 5 Draft

Washington Nationals catcher Drew Millas, Cincinnati Reds
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With virtually no one left to trade and only two players on guaranteed contracts heading into the 2023 season, the Cincinnati Reds have some work to do during the MLB Winter Meetings.

With a decreased payroll and the emphasis on developing young players, the Reds' front office may be looking to upcoming Rule 5 Draft as a way to bolster the roster.

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on Wednesday, December 7th. The Rule 5 Draft took a one-year hiatus last winter due to the lockout, but it'll be back in full-swing this week. Which three players might the Reds target during the upcoming draft?

1. The Reds should select LHP Erik Miller (Phillies) in the Rule 5 Draft.

Erik Miller may be one of the more highly-rated prospects available in the Rule 5 Draft. Taken in the fourth-round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Miller was a three-year starter at Stanford University but was moved to the bullpen this past season.

Miller was in and out of the starting rotation for the Philadelphia Phillies' Double-A affiliate during the early part of the season, the the decision was made to shift the left-hander's focus to the relief corps.

The move worked wonders for Miller, who eventually was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August. Miller struck out 18 batters in 12 innings for the Iron Pigs, but the southpaw also walked 14 batters. In fact, that's easily the biggest reason why Philadelphia left Miller unprotected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.

The advanced metrics from last season show that Miller posted a K/9 of 11.54 and a strikeout-rate of 29.4% according to FanGraphs. Unfortunately, he also had a BB/9 of 5.77 and a walk-rate of 14.7%.

The Cincinnati Reds are short on left-handed relievers, with Reiver Sanmartin the only currently lefty who's slated to be in the bullpen next spring. At just 24 years old, Erik Miller offers the type of pitching profile that Cincinnati seems to craves, and could be a weapon out of the Reds bullpen in 2023.