The Cincinnati Reds are surprisingly still in the MLB Postseason chase. While their chances of making it to the playoffs are slim, it's the final week of the season and Cincinnati isn't dead yet.
The month of September has brought several challenges to the Reds as a team. A bout of COVID-19 sidelined several players, Matt McLain hit the IL with an oblique injury, and a number of key players fell into a slump at the wrong time of the season.
But there have been a few Reds players who've performed so well during the final month of the season that they'vre already guaranteed a spot on the 2024 Opening Day roster. Which three Reds who've already won a roster spot for next year thanks to their September performance?
1. Reds infielder Noelvi Marte has already won a roster spot for next year.
Noelvi Marte was called up to the big leagues midway through the month of August after finding success at both Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. Marte struggled during the first couple of weeks in the The Show, but has caught fire once the calendar flipper to September.
Marte was the key acquisition last summer when the Cincinnati Reds traded Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. Marte was the M's top prospect the time and was packaged along with Edwin Arroyo, Andrew Moore, and Levi Stoudt.
Marte had shifted his focus during the offseason from shortstop to third base, and as it turns out, that was probably a wise decision on the part of the Reds. With Elly De La Cruz or Matt McLain likely to become Cincinnati's everyday shortstop, a change in position was necessary.
While Reds fans haven't seen much power from Noelvi Marte since his being called up to the big leagues, the 21-year-old has certainly hi for average. Riding the longest hitting streak of the 2023 season, Marte is hitting over .350 with an OPS above .850 for the month of September.