3 players who won't make the Reds Opening Day roster, but still have an impact in 2023

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Michael Siani.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Michael Siani. / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Michael Siani won't make the Reds Opening Day roster, but still have an impact in 2023.

As athletically-gifted as Michael Siani is, he'll find his way onto the Cincinnati Reds roster sooner rather than later in 2023. However, it seems unlikely that Siani will play his way onto the Reds Opening Day roster.

Siani's contract was selected by the Reds shortly after Nick Senzel ended up on the 60-day IL with a broken toe. Siani had a cup or coffee in the big leagues late last season and will be looking to get back to The Show in 2023.

Siani's overriding skill is his defense. The day he was drafted, one could make the case that Siani's glove was major league-ready. The Pennsylvania native gets great jumps once the ball comes off the bat and has the speed to track down several balls that many would deem uncatchable. Siani is a freak-athlete.

However, hitting has never been Siani's strong point and it may hold him back once camp begins next month. Siani made strides in 2022 while slashing .252/.345/.405 between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville.

Michael Siani's glove will be what gets him to the major leagues, but his bat will be what keeps him there. With so many borderline outfielders on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster, Siani might find himself out of luck when the 2023 season begins, but a strong showing at Triple-A could vault him onto the 26-man roster before the All-Star break.