3 Reds prospects who will be called up by the All-Star break and who they'll replace

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
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The Cincinnati Reds have some top-notch prospects who are readying to make their major league debut later this season. For many, it's not a matter of if they'll debut in 2023, but when.

The Reds, who are in the midst of rebuild, will be heavily relying on some of the organization's top young talent to help them return to the top of the National League Central Division in the coming years. The last time Cincinnati won the division was over 10 years ago.

But, in order for some of the top Reds prospects to make their big league debut, someone on the current roster is going to have to scooch over. Which three Cincinnati Reds prospects will make their debut before the All-Star break, and who might they replace?

1. Reds prospect Brandon Williamson will replace Luis Cessa.

Whether Luis Cessa makes it much past his last start is irrelevant. The right-hander is not long for the rotation, and by the All-Star break, if not well before, Brandon Williamson will replace Cessa on the Cincinnati Reds roster.

Don't look for the Reds to just DFA Cessa, but rather move the right-hander to the bullpen. In fact, if he gains some traction as a reliever, the Reds may be able to flip Cessa at the deadline for a couple of low-level prospects.

But Williamson should undoubtedly be in the Reds starting rotation before the All-Star break. The Reds swung a trade last spring with the Seattle Mariners to acquire Williamson along with Connor Phillips, Jake Fraley, and Justin Dunn in exchange for Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez.

The Cincinnati Reds already have the makings of a solid rotation with the trio of second-year pitchers in Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft. While many Reds fans have been clamoring for Andrew Abbott of late, the left-hander needs some more seasoning in the the minors. Williamson, however, has little left to prove at Triple-A.