The Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster is loaded with talent, albeit very young talent. In fact, many of the players currently on the roster are unlikely to be part of the Reds Opening Day lineup.
Prospects like Elly De La Cruz, Noelvi Marte, and Levi Stout are more than likely going to begin the 2023 season in the minor leagues. However, there are others who may be more major league-ready, and yet will still be left off the Opening Day roster.
Let's look at three players, currently on Cincinnati's 40-man roster, who won't make the Opening Day roster, but still have an impact in 2023.
1. Nick Solak won't make the Reds Opening Day roster, but still have an impact in 2023.
One of the Cincinnati Reds' more underrated acquisitions of the offseason was trading for former Texas Rangers utility player Nick Solak. The Reds have identified Solak as an outfielder heading into spring training, but the University of Louisville alum can also play several spots on the infield as well.
Solak might well be in direct competition with former first-round draft pick Nick Senzel throughout spring training and even into the 2023 season. Senzel, however, has a penchant for spening more time on the IL than the field, so Solak may win that battle by default.
Solak has a minor league option remaining, so if the Reds decide to add a player like Stuart Fairchild or Alejo Lopez to the Opening Day roster, the former second-round pick may well begin his 2023 campaign at Triple-A Louisville.
Nick Solak's versatility will help him find his way to the big leagues in 2023. The Cincinnati Reds outfield depth, even with the acquisition of Wil Myers, is questionable at best. If any one of Fairchild, Senzel, or TJ Friedl struggle to get going in the right direction, Solak could be promoted to the majors rather quickly.