We're at about the halfway point for the month of June and the Cincinnati Reds have surprisingly remained somewhat relevant despite being smack-dab in the middle of a rebuild. Cincinnati is currently occupying fourth-place in the National League Central Division, a few games clear of the St. Louis Cardinals.
With several prospects down a Triple-A gaining steam, it feels like a few call-ups may be on the horizon. There've also been some subpar performances through the first month-plus of the 2023 season that may warrant a couple demotions.
Reds fans have already seen players like Jason Vosler, Luis Cessa, and Joel Kuhnel fall out of favor. Which three players will not be on the Reds roster once we hit June 1st?
1. Casey Legumina won't be on the Reds roster by June 1st.
The Cincinnati Reds bullpen, while much maligned this season, is actually much better than people think. On Thursday, manager David Bell basically snagged a win over the New York Mets by relying exclusively on his bullpen to get the job. The relief corps shutout the Mets while allowing just six hits and striking out nine batters.
But the life of a reliever is a fickle one, and with so many options, you have to figure that someone in that Reds bullpen won't be the roster a couple weeks from now. The most likely option would appear to be Casey Legumina who was acquired from the Minnesota Twins this past offseason.
Legumina's fastball is his best pitch. It has good movement, can touch the upper 90s, and he throws it with conviction. Unfortunately, Legumina has hit a bit of a speed bump lately. The right-hander had a rough outing in San Diego earlier this month and was roughed up by the Chicago White Sox during the Reds past homestand.
There are a few other relievers who could be in jeopardy of losing their spot in the bullpen as well, but Casey Legumina is a young pitcher who has minor-league options remaining. Unless he catches fire over the next week or so, don't be shocked if the 25-year-old winds up back at Triple-A Louisville before the month of May comes to a close.