3 reasons why the Reds released Chad Pinder

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chad Pinder
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chad Pinder / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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3. Henry Ramos has impressed the Reds coaching staff this spring.

This is also a signal that despite leaving spring training to participate in the World Baseball Classic, Henry Ramos did nothing to hurt his standing with the Cincinnati Reds coaching staff. One would think that Ramos is likely to land a spot on the Reds Opening Day roster.

Ramos was tearing it up earlier this spring before joining Team Puerto Rico in the WBC. Ramos received very little playing time while participating in the event, but showed no signs of slowing down once he returned to Goodyear.

In Ramos first at-bat after returning to Reds camp, the 30-year-old blasted his first home run of the spring. In Cactus League play, Ramos is hitting .524/.542/.810, has four extra-base hits, six RBIs, and only two strikeouts.

Ramos can play all over the outfield and bats from both sides of the plate. While he has yet to have much success in the major leagues, Ramos has shown flashes this spring, and it's very likely he'll be heading north with the club next week.

Henry Ramos also has minor-league options remaining, meaning if he's added to the 40-man roster, the Cincinnati Reds could send him up and down as necessary this season. Look for Ramos' name to be among the 26 players headed to the Queen City next week.

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