We've entered the dog days of summer and the Cincinnati Reds are trying to stay afloat in the hunt for one of those elusive playoff spots.
The Reds bullpen looks absolutely gassed, and several rookies look to have hit the wall. If Cincinnati hopes to make things interesting down the stretch, they're going to need reinforcements.
Thankfully, rosters expand next month, but those players selected to join this year's squad might look a little different than it has in year's past. Which three players should stay put in the minor leagues for the remainder of the 2023 season?
Reds outfielder Michael Siani should not receive September call-up.
Michael Siani made his major league debut last September, though he wasn't necessarily a "September call-up" in the truest sense. Typically, teams are looking for developmental talent who need to get their feet wet or an extra pitcher to help relieve a taxed bullpen. Siani was neither.
Siani was an emergency addition with a couple of weeks remaining in the 2022 season. Nick Senzel landed on the IL with a fractured toe, and since the Reds needed to add Siani to the 40-man roster over the offseason anyway, the team decided to give him a quick audition in the major leagues.
Siani continues to display good on-base skills with a 15.6-percent walk-rate and .353 on-base percentage while playing in nearly 100 games at Triple-A Louisville this season. But Siani's power numbers have dipped and his strikeouts are up.
But it just doesn't make any sense to add Michael Siani to the Cincinnati Reds lineup once rosters expand next month. Though Siani is currently part of the Reds 40-man roster, his status may well be up in the air once the quartet of pitchers return from the 60-day IL.
Siani has taken a step back this season. While his glove is major league-ready, the same cannot be said for his bat. The former fourth-round pick may be fortunate enough to remain on the 40-man roster until the end of the season, but it's doubtful he sees the major league field in September.