Reds prospect Jacob Hurtibise should be added to the 40-man roster this offseason.
Jacob Hurtibise is a feel-good story. The outfield prospect went undrafted out of West Point in 2020 and signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Hurtibise has always been known for his speed, but there's been more development to his game this season.
Hurtibise is not going to be confused for Elly De La Cruz; he doesn't have that kind of power. But the 25-year-old has shown some pop this season. In over 90 games split between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville, Hurtibise has a slugging percnetage near .500.
Couple that with his left-handed swing, speed on the base paths, and ability to reach base at over a 40-percent clip, and the Reds have a keeper on their hands. At such an advanced age as well, Hurtibise is prime candidate to be plucked from an organization during the Rule 5 Draft.
Jacob Hurtibise fits the mold of what Reds fans have seen this season from the likes of TJ Friedl; a grinder who's going to try to get on base any way he can and cause chaos once he reaches safely.
The biggest issue with Hurtibise will be the fact the Reds will have yet another left-handed hitting outfielder. With Friedl, Jake Fraley, Will Benson, and Michael Siani all on the roster, some future alterations may need to be made to the 40-man roster this offseason.